Standard Bank has said the Blue Mingoli Concert will now be annual music festival and also aims to be part of Malawi’s Pop Culture.
South Africa’s songbird Lira will headline the concert slated for October 24 at the Bingu International Conference (BICC) in Lilongwe.
Lira, rated as the “foremost adult contemporary female artist in South Africa”, will share stage with Malawi’s own Afro-Pop start Lulu.
This will be the first time for singer to perform in the country.
In order to make this year’s concert a success, according to Standard Bank Head of Marketing Thoko Unyolo, the commercial bank has forged partnership with a number of stakeholders including the media.
“We are very excited to be counting-down to the inaugural Blue Mingoli Concert on the 24th of October at the Bingu International Conference Centre.
“Preparations are at an advanced stage, tickets are on sale in all our branches across the country,” said Unyolo during press conference in Blantyre.
She said Standard Bank is currently running a 50% “Early Bird” discount offer on the tickets and the discounts categories are for both Standard Bank customers and the general public.
“The general public offer is valid from October 1 to October 14 and sees the regular ticket reduced to K8,000 from K15,000, the VIP ticket to K12,500 from K25,000 and the VVIP ticket to K25,000 from K35,000.
“The customer offer is valid from October 1 to October 10 and sees the regular ticket selling K7,500, VIP ticket K10,000 and K15,000 for the VVIP offer. To all Standard Bank, this is last boarding call for flight Blue Mingoli featuring LIRA and LULU,” she asserted.
Unyolo further claimed that over time, Blue Mingoli, formerly “Joy of Jazz” will go down as a unique entertainment event in the history of Malawi Pop Culture
“We at standard Bank are very proud to be associated with pioneering a music concert of international repute such this one.
“Come October 24th, BICC will erupt in a frenzy of the blue sound of music with Lira and and Malawi’s own Lulu,” said Unyolo.
Lira, born Lerato Molapo, is an 11 times South African music award (SAMA) winning Afro-Soul vocalist whose music is a fusion of soul, funk, and afro-jazz.
She has six albums to her belt, the latest one being the 2014 release, Rise Again.
She started performing live at the age 16 before being discovered in 2000 by musician/producer Arthur Mafokate, who signed her to his record label, 999 Music, and helped with the release of her debut album, ‘All My Love’ in 2003.
The album earned her accolades at the Metro FM Awards, South African Music Awards and Channel O Reel Music Awards.
In 2010, she joined a line up of artists that included Alicia Keys, Shakira, K’Naan and John Legend, at the FIFA World Cup kick-off concert performing a rendition of “Pata Pata”, a hit song originally done by the late Mirriam Makeba.
In December 2011, she was named one of the “Five Unique Artists to Change Music in 2012” by Essence Magazine.
In May 2012, she appeared in L’Uomo Vogue’s “Re-Branding Africa” issue featuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on the cover where she said “we are a young democracy, and we’re accustomed to an image of Africa as a place that expects outside help. We must instead take stock of our situation, become autonomous, find our identity and independence”.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :