Standard Bank Malawi plc has announced a K30 million sponsorship of Kumbali Live, a music show to be held in November that will feature artists from Malawi and South Africa.
The first Kumbali Live event will take place at Kumbali Lodge in Lilongwe on November 11, featuring local Afro-jazz artist Lawi, George Kalukusha and South Africa’s Ami Faku.
Speaking during the official cheque presentation, Standard Bank head of brand and marketing Nyambura Chege said the bank has committed the K30 million sponsorship because it aims to support a truly exceptional event.
She said: “We are proud to return to the music stage, starting this November with the Kumbali Live concert in Lilongwe. Music gives us the platform to create relevant connections with our key customers and the discerning, but avid concert goers who love enchanting evenings with music, performance and meaningful engagement in a laid back atmosphere.”
Chege said the combination of Malawian musicians and Faku will give patrons an opportunity to sample the best of contemporary Afro-pop from the two countries.
Kumbali Lodge general manager Ian D’heygere thanked Standard Bank for its sponsorship and participation.
“These formidable alliances are set to bring Lilongwe and the entire nation an extraordinary musical event like never before,” he said.
D’heygere said Kumbali Lodge has always been a staunch supporter of arts, with particular passion for music.
On his part, Lawi said the arts sector in Malawi relies on the support of other well-established industries to thrive.
Through his Lawi Group, he thanked Standard Bank and Kumbali Lodge for supporting the arts sector.
Ami Faku is a singer, performer and songwriter who does Afro-soul music. On the other hand, Lawi is a Malawian performer whose music is a unique fusion of Afro-soul and jazz with a traditional touch while George Kalukusha is an emerging artist with a mesmerising presence of folk, pop and Afro rhythms.