South African multi-platinum award-winning songstress Zonke Dikana is the international act to headline this year’s Standard Bank’s Blue Mingoli.
Popularly known by her stage name Zonke, the artist follows in the footsteps of fellow South Africans, award-winning Lira and Zahara, and platinum Grammy Award-winning American jazz maestro Earl Klugh.
The event takes place on November 5 at Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe.
Standard Bank head of marketing and communications Thoko Unyolo said the bank is thrilled to bring the gifted artist to this year’s jazz concert.
“Zonke is an artist overloaded with amazing talent complemented by endless experiences. Her style of music has been mainly laid back on a soulful live vibe, with the feel of the well-known acid jazz innovators setting her apart from other artists,” she said in a statement.
Zonke is currently one of the famous contemporary female musicians in South Africa and has breathed life into a number of songs in albums by the likes of Thebe, the late TK, Loyiso, Skizo, Bongo Maffin and Mafikizolo.
The statement quotes Zonke as saying she is more than ready to perform in the country.
She said: “I look forward to perform at this year’s Blue Mingoli concert on November 5 at Bingu International Conference Centre. I feel honoured to be part of this eye-catching event and, most especially, I feel excited to be sharing the stage with a Malawian artist.
The artist has three albums under her belt and has won two South African Music Awards (Sama) for Best Live DVD and Best African Adult album.
Her latest album, Work of Heart has received three Metro FM nominations in the categories of Best Female, Best RnB and Best African-pop album. n