Salif Keita Arrives For #HIFA2015; Preaches Unity

African superstar Salif Keita, the Mensa of Mali is here for his show at the Harare International Festival of the Arts.

Salif Keita arriving for #HIFA2015 where he will perform with Hope Masike PIC: TNash Photography

Salif Keita arriving for #HIFA2015 where he will perform with Hope Masike PIC: TNash Photography

Speaking at a press conference he said he was happy to be back for another performance after his debut in 1999.

This year he performs at the closing ceremony with Mbira princess Hope Masike on the ZOL Main Stage.

Asked about the xenophobic attacks in South Africa, Keita speaking through a translator said this should never happen again, where an African hated another African, adding that he and Ladysmith Black Mambazo had recorded a track preaching the message of peace in the whole of Africa.

He seemed excited for the show and for the collaboration with his ‘sister’ Hope Masike. After a photo-op at the end he wished her good luck which was a nice touch.

The closing show is 9pm on 3 May on the ZOL Main Stage.