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10 prominent visual artists to exhibit at Blue Mingoli

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Ten prominent visual artists are expected to exhibit their works at the Standard Bank’s Blue Mingoli concert to be held at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe on November 5.

This follows a partnership between Standard Bank and renowned visual artist Elson Kambalu, who owns Art House Africa and La Galleria in Lilongwe.

Standard Bank Head of Marketing Thoko Unyolo said in a press statement that the partnership is in line with this year’s Blue Mingoli theme of More than Music.

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Unyolo said Kambalu will lead other artists under Art House Africa to exhibit a collection of paintings and other artworks during the concert, which will be headlined by South Africa’s singer Zonke.

The award-winning artist will share the stage with Patience Namadingo.

“We are proud to have Elson Kambalu and Art House Africa at this year’s show. This is one of the benefits of this show, the aim of which is to promote artistic works beyond music,” Unyolo said.

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Kambalu, who recently exhibited his works at the just-ended Lake of Stars Festival at Chintheche Inn in Nkhata Bay, said this was a great opportunity for visual artists to showcase their talent.

“We are mounting an art exhibition just outside the auditorium under the auspices of Art House Africa. We are engaging 10 prominent Malawian artists to exhibit their works,” he said.

Apart from him, some of the visual artists set to exhibit their works include Nyangu Chodola, William Mwale, George Nkumbula, Andrew Missi and Ellis Singano.

Kambalu hailed Standard Bank for this opportunity to be part of the show, adding that the approach is “quite strategic and it will go a long way in bringing awareness to the great work that visual artists are doing in the country and possibly open new markets.”

“Malawian art is changing and maturing. Our presence will enable these forms of art (music, drawing and painting) to merge and be appreciated together. It is a breakthrough for many artists who will exhibit as they will be exposed to a larger community that may not normally visit art galleries,” he said.

Kambalu, who is also working on a movie titled Mlandu Wa Njinga, said this was a great initiative to combine visual and performing arts.

The Standard Bank Blue Mingoli started as Joy of Jazz before rebranding to Blue Mingoli last year where it brought on stage another South Africa artist Lira, who came face to face with Lulu.

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