LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – As the world came together to celebrate World Music Day on June 21, Zambian aficionados reacted with excitement to the news that international megastar Brandy will headline this year’s Stanbic Music Festival.
National Arts Council Director Maanka Chipindi and Zambia Association of Musicians President Tivo Shikapwasha congratulated Stanbic for hosting the events and the artists for hoisting the Music Festival, which is now in its sixth year.
Zambian artists to feature in the 2019 Stanbic Music Festival include Danny Kaya, Afunika, Mampi, Izrael and Chef 187.
Mr Chipindi said: “The Stanbic Music Festival is a good initiative that is creating jobs and boosting the economy. The success of the music festival is not only for Stanbic but for all of us.”
“It is a great line-up, most especially the inclusion of renowned local artists like Danny Kaya,” added Chipindi.
The Stanbic Music Festival draws together local and international artists to share and explore music from different cultures on one stage in a two-day event.
“It is great to have Zambian artists to be part of such a bigger platform like this,” said Shikapwasha, who highlighted that the festival is very significant in developing local music.
Eminent local artist Danny Kaya considers the involvement in the 2019 Stanbic Music Festival as an honour reflecting his 20 years in the Zambian music industry:
“It’s a great year for me, celebrating 40 years now; and 20 years in music. It’s nice to be recognised by Stanbic and to perform alongside an international artist and my fellow Zambian artist in this year’s Music Festival,” she said.
Stanbic public relations and communications manager Chanda Chime-Katongo emphasised that its essentially the international artists share the stage with local artists, and that the bank is playing a significant role in bringing Zambia’s rich music tradition to the world with passion.
And Stanbic marketing manager Perry Siame announced that tickets will go on sale countrywide through Computicket in Shoprite stores in the last week of June.
Entry tickets to the Stanbic Music Festival will be sold at K500 standard, K1,500 VIP and K2,500 Golden Circle.
As Zambia celebrates ‘World Music Day’ Stanbic Music Festival lines-up a perfect mix of music from different genres to treat fans to a show to remember with Brandy the headline act.
The music festival is now a permanent feature on everyone’s calendar, and it is steadily becoming a significant tourist attraction. People from as far as Uganda, Zimbabwe, Angola, South Africa, Tanzania and many other countries attend the two-day show demonstrating the magnitude of the event.
Zambian artists performing at the 2019 music festive will follow in the footsteps of internationally acclaimed artists like Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi, Mi Casa, Earl Klugh, Lira, UB40, the iconic R&B group Boyz II Men, and last year’s headliners Brian McKnight and Joe Thomas, who have performed at the event. And Zambia’s best-known artists, which include K’milian, Wezi, and Abel Chungu.