By Chancy Namadzunda
Malawians are expected to test the sweetness of international Jazz following the ropping in of South Africa’s greatest sensational artist Zahara By Standard Bank.
Zahara will perform alongside the country’s celebrated music maestro Wambali Mkandawire at the President Hotel in Lilongwe on September 22.
“This year we are the biggest bank by assets and profits. As a way of celebrating the milestone we decided to celebrate with our customers through the Joy of Jazz concert,” Linda Kachingwe- Sisya, the Bank’s Head of Marketing is quoted in the local media as saying.
Kachingwe-Sisya told Zodiak online that the event is part of celebrations marking the bank’s 150 years existence in Africa but in Malawi the bank has existed for 42 years.
She said the event will also give a platform to young up and coming artists who will perform as curtain raisers before Zahara and Mteweti Wambali Mkandawire.
“These will include Four Seasons-based jazz sensation, Malingaka and African Bible College student-band, Mingoli,” said Kachingwe-Sisya.
Ticket sales for the show started on Wednesday in selected branches of the bank in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Zomba, and Mzuzu
Zahara , born 9 November 1987 is a South African singer-songwriter and poet. She started to sing in her school’s choir at the age of six and at age nine, she was told to join the senior choir because of her strong voice.
Zahara released her debut album Loliwe in 2011 which proved to be a big success as it went Platinum in 13 days and went double platinum after just 17 days, selling over 100,000 copies in South Africa. On the 1st of May 2012, at the annual South African Music Awards, Zahara won 8 awards, including best female artist and album of the year. Prior to the awards a media storm broke out about the state of her finances which were allegedly being poorly handled by her record company.Her record company TS records vehemently denied the allegations.