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Patience Namadingo faces Zonke in Blue Mingoli concert

Patience Namadingo will share the stage with South Africa’s singer Zonke in the Standard Bank’s Blue Mingoli concert to be held at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe on November 5.

In a press statement on Thursday Standard Bank said it had picked Namadingo to perform at the Blue Mingoli concert.

The bank’s head of marketing Thoko Unyolo said choosing Namadingo is in line with Standard Bank’s goal of promoting the development of talent in the country by providing them a big stage.

“It’s Patience Namadingo’s turn now. Blue Mingoli exists to expose music talent and diversity, and every year we invite an international artist to share the stage with Malawian musicians and artists,” she said.

Unyolo said with this trend, the winner is the audience as “there’s something for everyone in terms of the blend of that familiar local tune with the afro-soul vibe, thereby providing an international experience with a local twist.”

Unyolo said the combination of Zonke and Namadingo is a dream come true for music lover s in the country and that they should brace for the best on November 5.

Zonke said, in a video recently after being unveiled as the 2016 Blue Mingoli headliner, that she was looking forward to performing in Malawi.

And reacting to his selection as this year’s supporting act, Namadingo said he felt greatly honoured to take on the big stage that Blue Mingoli creates.

“I feel greatly honoured to take on the big stage that Blue Mingoli creates. The concert sets very high standards for both artists and audience. To my fans, I promise them the best,” he said.

The Msati Mseke hit maker, who said he has rebranded himself said as artists they need to embrace such platforms if they are to grow.

The youthful artist, who in July had a stint performing in United States of America alongside old-timer Giddes Chalamanda and Edgar ndi Davis Band, has impressed with his music since he released his Lero album.

As he looks ahead to the Blue Mingoli which was rebranded from Joy of Jazz, Namadingo is this weekend also performing at the Lake of Stars Festival taking place at Chintheche Inn in Nkhata Bay starting today through to Sunday.

Last year Standard Bank brought another South Africa singer, Lira, who shared the stage with Lawrence Khwisa, popularly known as Lulu.

The event is in its fourth year and before it rebranded to Blue Mingoli, it brought another South African singer Zahara in its first outing, who came face to face with legendary musician Mtebeti Wambali Mkandawire.

The concert has also hosted US Jazz maestro Earl Klugh, who share, the stage with Peter Mawanga.

Standard Bank has since said that this year’s Blue Mingoli concert will run under the theme More than Music.

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