NKOLE NKOLE, Lusaka
FOLLOWING Airtel Zambia and Lafarge Cement, MultiChoice Zambia has become the latest corporate institution to partner Stanbic Zambia with a sponsorship package of K250, 000 towards the music festival to be headlined by Boyz II Men.
MultiChoice is also giving away 100 tickets to loyal subscribers who have stayed with the business for an unbroken period of five to twenty years as a way of appreciating its loyal customers.
This year’s show, to take place from September 22 to 23 at Lusaka’s Polo Grill, is the fourth edition of the annual festival which initially ran on a popular jazz theme for its first two years.
Among the local acts set to perform are hip hop heavyweight Chef 187, afro jazz artiste James Sakala, folk musician Mumba Yachi, violinist Caitlin DeVille, gospel R&B singer Abel Chungu, afro soul singer Wezi and contemporary R&B singer K’Millian.
The festival carries on its tradition of attracting international entertainers of acclaim, with the award winning Boyz II Men as this year’s main feature.
Last year, the festival hosted respected UK-based pop-reggae band UB40. It has previously hosted renowned acts including Hugh Masekela, Oliver Mtukudzi, Mi Casa, Earl Klugh and Zonke as well as a host of top local artistes.
Stanbic head of human capital Eve Nkumbula said she was happy that so many progressive companies were joining Stanbic in sponsoring this year’s music festival.
“Over the last few weeks, we have been joined by other progressive companies in the sponsorship of this year’s music festival. Today, we are celebrating our partnership with DStv, which has a long experience in the sponsorship and promotion of arts in Zambia. Together with DStv, we share a vision of social and cultural development of our community,” Nkumbula said.
“We are happy to have DStv on board in sponsoring this prestigious event. This event is our way of creating a legendary event platform that offers a unique artistic event that contributes to our culture and local tourism.”
The festival, Nkumbula said, has built a platform on which local talents offering their unique music genius merge with international musicians of note and share performances and experiences.
Speaking at the partnership announcement event, MultiChoice Zambia acting managing director Recha Kabwe said the partnership clearly demonstrates the confidence Stanbic Bank has with MultiChoice in supporting stake holder relations.
“We have enjoyed good relationships with Stanbic Bank over the years where we supported the 2014 Stanbic Jazz Music Festival and the 2015 UB40 Stanbic Festival,” Kabwe said.