Lafarge Zambia has become the latest addition to the growing list of companies partnering with Stanbic Bank Zambia for the sponsorship of the 2017 Stanbic Music Festival, which is planned for September 22-23, 2017.
Stanbic and Lafarge signed the agreement today in which the nation’s largest manufacturer of building materials will co-sponsor the country’s largest music event of the year.
The Stanbic Music Festival, now in its fourth year, has previously been sponsored by Stanbic Bank, but this year’s edition has attracted the support of other partners including platinum sponsor Airtel, and now Lafarge, a gesture that displays the growing support for the popular annual music event.
Continuing with the tradition of attracting international entertainers of acclaim, this year’s music festival will feature iconic American rhythm and blues (R&B) band Boyz II Men as the headline act. In 2016, the festival hosted award-winning UK-based pop-reggae band UB40. It has previously hosted renowned acts including Hugh Masekela, Oliver M’tukudzi, Mi Casa, Earl Klugh and Zonke as well as a host of top local artistes.
Stanbic Chief Executive Charles Mudiwa said he was happy that the music event was attracting the support of other corporates, which gave a major boost to an event that supports local arts and culture.
“We have been in Zambia for over 60 years and we’ve been part of the country’s growth story. Part of our commitment and investment in Zambia has been focused towards uplifting local communities through sponsorship of arts and culture. Together with Lafarge, we share a common vision of not just driving economic development of this country, but also the social development and sharing the passion and culture of the communities we operate in. We do part of this through music,” said Mr Mudiwa.
“We are happy to have Lafarge on board in sponsoring this prestigious event. This event is our way of creating a legendary event platform that offers a unique artistic event that contributes to our culture and local tourism,” he added.
Mr Mudiwa said the festival had built a platform upon which local talents that offer their unique music genius blend with international musicians of note, and share performances and experiences.
t the same event, the list of local musicians to join Boyz II Men at this year’s music
festival was announced. The seven musicians include: