About 10 000 people including some from as far as Uganda, Kenya, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, are expected to attend this month’s Stanbic Music Festival at Lusaka Polo Horse to be headlined by iconic R’n’B music group Boyz II Men.
Local musicians who include traditional folk singer Mumba Yachi, hip-hop sensation Chef 187, gospel singer Abel Chungu, Afro soul singer Wezi, singer and guitarist James Sakala, R’n’B singer K’Millian and Cape Town-based violinist Caitlin will join Boyz II Men at the September 22-23 festival.
“We expect a huge turnout at this event, so we encourage fans who are yet to buy tickets to do so as soon as possible because we are unlikely to increase the tickets beyond 10,000,” Perry Siame, head of marketing of Stanbic said.
The local artistes are looking forward to the festival, which is now in its fourth year having started from the Misty Jazz Restaurant and Café at Levy Shopping Mall where it was themed around jazz.
“It’s exciting to be part of this line up for the event. It’s a bit more challenging and nerve wracking because you know what’s demanded of you on this kind of stage,” Abel Chungu said.
“As local artistes, we are thinking of perfection and doing better because we make this festival what it is. People travel and attend these festivals because of the standards that were left behind by earlier performers. So, we have to put in a lot of work.”
Stanbic public relations and communications manager Chanda Chime-Katongo says the music festival is a good platform for local musicians to take to the stage and learn the tricks of the trade from Boyz II Men.
“The Stanbic Music Festival is a unique platform to ensure that our local music talents perform side by side with renowned international artistes and learn a lot from each other — from arranging a concert to executing it on stage. It is one way local musicians can grow their influence beyond our borders,” she said at the same briefing.