Standard Bank has announced that this year’s Blue Mingoli Music concert will take place on November 5 at Bingu International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
In a press statement, Head of Marketing and Communications, Thoko Unyolo, said the show will maintain its legacy of inviting an international musician who will be supported by a local musician in line with the goal of promoting the development of budding artists in Malawi.
“We are thrilled to be returning to the big stage with Blue Mingoli this November, and we ask customers and music lovers alike to look forward to a memorable experience with the blue sound of music,” Unyolo said.
She said the names of the headline international and local musicians are under lock and key, but will be unveiled shortly.
“Based on the success of last year’s show with South Africa’s Lira, we are working on bringing an Afro-pop musician commanding a bigger appeal and repertoire. The international artist will share the stage with a local contemporary musician. We shall unveil the names soon,” she said.
However, sources indicate that the local artist set to perform at the event is Patience Namadingo.
Unyolo said this year’s Blue Mingoli concert is under the theme “More than Music,” to underscore the connections that the concert creates by bringing together people from diverse backgrounds.
She also said that this year’s concert will be supported by other activities focusing on arts and culture.
“A Blue Mingoli concert every summer gives us the opportunity to connect with both new and existing customers and to give back something to Malawians who love to unwind to a popular afro-beat that comes with a tinge of jazz,” Unyolo said.
Now in its fourth year, Blue Mingoli which was rebranded from Joy of Jazz is the Malawian version of international jazz concerts that Standard Bank Group hosts around Africa.
Previous artists brought by the bank include US jazz maestro Earl Klugh and South African singer and guitarist Zahara.
While Standard Bank has kept a tight lid on its international act, Stanbic Bank in Zambia will be hosting its festival on October 7 and 8 to be headlined by well-known British reggae and pop band UB40.
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