Stanbic Music Festival will this year host American singer and multi record selling artiste Joe Thomas as well as 16 time Grammy Award nominee Brian McKnight on its 4th musical festival to be held at Lusaka’s Polo Grill.

Stanbic Zambia Public Relations Manager, Chanda Katongo said that the music festival would for the first time guest two classic and renowned Rhythm and Blues artistes, something that would be done for the first time ever since the musical platform was launched.

Mrs Katongo (far right) during the Press briefing

She explained that the event would this year also cater for female lined performances only as a way to promote gender equality in arts and promotion.

“In the past we had noted that there was too much of the male side performances and we needed to adjust and formulate ways so that we could also allow the female folks,” she clarified.

Mrs Katongo stated that the event would be held on the 5th and 6th of October 2018 with a list of local female performances by Salma sky, Wezi, Kiki and Ester Chungu as we as others.

In the front performing artistes Ester Chungu( left) Wezi (second from left) Salma Sky (right) and Kiki( Second from right) pose for a photo with Stanbic Bank, National Arts and  Zambia Music Association executives

“We always say that Zambia is our home and having been here for over 60 years, the Zambian spirit and culture are deeply embedded in Stanbic Bank’s sustainability strategy,” the Public Relations Manager highlighted.

She understood that the festival was an opportunity to create jobs for the sector as well as a platform for the country’s best performing artistes.

Meanwhile Stanbic Marketing Manager, Perry Siame said the music festival ticket prices will be maintained as it was last year but had an addition of Golden Circle tickets which will now available for only K2, 000 and limited to only a 100 spaces.

“This approach will make people feel closer to the performers and have special courtesies to the performers,” he stated.

He announced that tickets will be available for purchase within the next 24hrs at any Shoprite and Stanbic Bank outlets.

And Mr Siame says that Stanbic will in future consider hosting contemporary International Acts but that the process calls for procedure, public polls, opinion and is gradual.

The Stanbic Marketing Manager commended all sponsors and partners for their support and that Stanbic will continue working with them including those that will come on board.

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