After months of promotions, speculations, and anticipations, the time finally came for legendary R&B crooners Joe Thomas and Brian McKnight to grace Zambia with their talented voices.
The fifth edition of the Stanbic Music Festival was held at the Polo club in Showgrounds Lusaka, on two spectacular nights, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th October.
MC’s for the event were Dj, host, presenter and radio personality, Chishala Chitoshi AKA Gesh Groove and voice over artist, corporate communications specialist Kamiza Chikula.
On both nights the R&B legends were supported by Zambia’s top artists. Day 1 had gospel sensation Esther Chungu , Afro-Pop rising star Kiki, while Day 2 had Salma Sky ,Afro soul singer Wezi. Arguably Zambia’s biggest hiphop star Chef 187 was scheduled to perform on both days but had to pull out of the event due to a bereavement in his family. Surprise appearances by James Sakala, on day 1, and music legend Exile (Izreal), on day 2, stood in for the rapper.
After the opening acts had displayed their talents, the moment that many never thought they would see finally came to fruition. Joe Thomas came on stage first much to the amazement of the audience. He performed his greatest hits such as “Ride with you”, “Stutter” , “I believe in you” ,”If i was your man” among others. He had a splendid performance that left the packed audience screaming for more.
Brian Mcknight came up next and the crowd (mostly the ladies) went wild. He equally sang his greatest hits including “One last cry”, “Back at one”, “Anytime”, and many more of his seemingly endless list of hits.
Both entertainers gave out their very best and showcased why they are considered musical legends. It was an emotional night, couples reminisced about their youth, and for others it took them back to a time when they were kids listening to their parent’s or older siblings favorite songs.
This was a very memorable event, a magical experience that many will treasure for a lifetime.
Brian Mcknight took to social media to thank the fans.
Stanbic Chief Executive Leina Gabaraane had this to say “We can only be very happy with what we have done and what we have delivered to Zambia this evening. It’s about developing and creating an environment of culture, and developing arts in this country, and an event like this really goes a long way in developing that for the country. It’s pleasing for us to say it’s Stanbic driving Zambia forward and we will keep them moving forward. It’s a great event,”
Minister of Tourism and Arts Hon. Charles Banda attended the event and called on the National Arts Council to engage with local artists to stage similar events regularly.
“This is a very wonderful event and I want to commend and congratulate Stanbic Bank for a job very well done. Through this event so many people have been able to gain a living out of it, because this is a big event where everyone has had an input in it: their competencies, their skills, their experience and their abilities. This is one way of making Zambia visible to the outside world,” he said.
PICTURES FROM THE EVENT