A day after announcing that South African multi-platinum award-winning songstress Zonke Dikana will headline this year’s Blue Mingoli, Standard Bank has announced that gospel sensation Patience Namdingo will be the Malawian flag carrier.
The two will share the stage at the event at Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe on November 5.
The bank’s head of marketing and communications Thoko Unyolo said the artist, popular for his hit song and video Msati Mseke, beat a number of local artists to join the South African.
She said: “Namadingo’s choice is in line with Standard Bank’s goal of promoting the development of talent in Malawi by providing them a big stage with the concert. It’s Patience’s turn.
“Blue Mingoli exists to expose music talent and diversity, and every year, we invite an international artist to share the stage with Malawian musicians and artists.”
Unyolo said the combination of Zonke and Namadingo is a dream come true for music lovers in Malawi and is in line with this year’s theme of More Than Music.
Reacting to his selection as the 2016 supporting act, Namadingo said: “I feel greatly honoured to take on the big stage that Blue Mingoli creates. The concert sets very high standards for both artists and audience. I promise my fans nothing, but the best.”
An award-winning gospel music producer and singer, Patience deploys the Afro-soul and jazz fusion in his music and performances.
He has three albums to his credit, the latest being his 2015 release, Lero, which is currently dominating airplay and downloads.
Previously, the bank has engaged Wambali Mkandawire and Lulu as supporting artists for the Blue Mingoli concert now in its fourth year.