As the countdown to this year’s Blue Mingoli concert continues, Musicians Union of Malawi (MUM) has commended Standard Bank Malawi for the opportunity the concert creates for the arts industry.
MUM president the Reverend Chimwemwe Mhango said the concert offers a platform for local artists to display their talent.
He said: “The Blue Mingoli concert is a welcome development because it inspires our musicians and helps them to understand what artists on the international scene are doing.
“It creates an opportunity for us to rub shoulders with internationally-acclaimed stars while inspiring musicians to work harder for a chance to perform alongside world class musicians.”
Mhango said the union expects this year’s concert to continue the tradition of being an uplifting moment for the nation and a rare experience that will make fans appreciate the art of music in a special way from Zonke and Patience Namadingo.
“The previous concerts were successful and there is no doubt that this year, the bar will be raised even higher. Professionalism is vital and our involvement as a union is also necessary to develop not only a few individuals, but the entire industry,” he said.
Standard Bank Malawi head of marketing and communications Thoko Unyolo said the concert is in line with the bank’s goal of promoting talent development in Malawi by providing a larger platform to showcase talents, be it music or art.
She said: “Blue Mingoli is about exposing music talent and diversity, and every year, we invite an international artist to share the stage with Malawian musicians and artists as a way of projecting local talent internationally.
“This is in keeping with our purpose at Standard Bank that together we shall drive the growth of Mother Malawi in all aspects of life. Blue Mingoli is more than music.”
The concert is under the theme More than Music and will have an art exhibition in addition to the music.