NKOLE NKOLE, Lusaka
NIGERIAN Afro pop singer, Tiwa Savage, will this Tuesday, October 23, headline a special independence eve special ladies edition show at the Misty Levy Mall upstairs car park.
The show dubbed the 2nd Misty Summer Experience has been organised by the Misty Jazz Café and Restaurant and will feature Zambian artistes such as Mampi, Caitlin De Ville, Chef 187 and the DJs El Mukuka and the DJ duo Creative Natives.
Zimbabwe’s Amara Brown is also a supporting act performing at the event.
Misty Jazz Café and Restaurant proprietor, Ignatius Anayawa told the Weekend Mail that the show has been organised with a headlining lady act this time to give it a fresher look and break the monotony of male artistes as headliners.
“That’s why we are calling it the Misty Summer Ladies Edition and our initial concept was to have a lineup of ladies only but when it came to local participation, it was quite difficult to find ladies,” he shares.
Mr Anayawa clarified that based on the type of performances they are looking to have on stage, not many female artistes fit the criteria.
It was hard for them to find female DJs who met the mark for instance and male acts were fused in to the line-up as a result.
The event is being held as part of Zambia’s Independence festivities and is a follow-up to the first Misty Summer Experience show held last year which featured Congolese, Fally Ipupa.
The Fally Ipupa show was so successful that Mr Anayawa says the standard had to be maintained again this year.
Tiwa Savage, whose real name is Tiwatope Savage-Balogun, is dubbed in some circles as the Beyoncé of Africa and is an African female artiste with arguably the biggest following at the moment.
She currently has a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and has performed on stage with international acts like Sting, 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Robbie Williams and Destiny’s Child.
She has also written for artistes like Babyface, Kat Deluna, Fantasia Barrino, Monica and Mýa and performed background vocals on Whitney Houston’s 2009 album I Look to You.
Tickets for the show which begins at 17:00 hours are going for K300 single, K500 for ‘Besties,’ K750 for VIP and K1,000 for all access which are only 50.
Sponsors of the show include Zamtel, Alliance Motors, Hilton Garden Inn Lusaka, Atlas Mara, CEC Liquid Telecom Zambia and Mash Entertainment.
Part of the proceeds from the show will go towards the setting up of the Mosi oa Tunya Arts Academy in Livingstone under the Misty Jazz Restaurant and Café.
The academy is meant to be a contribution to the arts industry in Zambia and will accommodate various arts genres such as music, dance and theatre.
NKOLE NKOLE, Lusaka