LAFARGE JOINS 2018 STANBIC MUSIC FESTIVAL BANDWAGON
LUSAKA, ZAMBIA – Lafarge has become the latest big-name sponsor to come to the party with a K100, 000 silver sponsor of the 2018 Stanbic Music Festival, featuring US mega-stars Brian McKnight and Joe Thomas. The building material and construction solutions company has partnered with Stanbic Bank to co-sponsor the extravaganza, which will bring together top local musicians as well as the iconic US stars. Stanbic and Lafarge jointly announced the co-sponsorship of the fifth edition of the country’s largest music spectacle, set to take place on October 5-6, 2018 in Lusaka. This year’s event has attracted partnerships with Stanbic from mobile provider MTN, satellite broadcaster DStv, Hai Zambia, Southern Sun Ridgeway Lusaka, Liberty and Hollard Zambia, underlining the popularity of the annual music show. Continuing the tradition of attracting international entertainers, as well as headliners McKnight and Thomas, this year’s music festival will feature top local artists Afro soul singer Wezi, AfroPop rising star Kiki; queen of Zambian R&B Salma Sky; gospel sensation Esther Chungu and hip-hop star Chef 187.
Last year, the festival hosted award-winning Boyz II Men. It has previously hosted renowned acts including UK-based pop-reggae band UB40, Hugh Masekela, Oliver M’tukudzi, Mi Casa, Earl Klugh and Zonke as well as a host of top local artistes including gospel RnB sensation Abel Chungu Musuka, contemporary RnB singer K’millian, singer, writer and guitarist James Sakala and electric violinist Caitlin DeVille. Stanbic Bank Director Corporate and Investment Banking, Helen Lubamba, said she was pleased to see other companies joining Stanbic in sponsoring this year’s music festival, helping give local artists a chance to showcase their talent on a larger platform.
She added that it is for the support of the Zambian arts and culture that the bank has hosted the Stanbic Music Festival over the last five years. “Our philosophy is that Zambia is our home and we are here to drive her growth. And part of our commitment and investment is Zambia is focused towards uplifting local communities through social sponsorships of art, culture tourism. We have sponsored a number of traditional ceremonies including Ukusefya Pa Ngwena in the North, N’cwala in the East, Chakwela Makumbi in Chongwe and Kuomboka in Western Province. It is for this support of the Zambian arts and culture that we have hosted that Stanbic Music Festival over the last five years and what a fantastic journey it has been,” she said. “It is gratifying we have been joined by other progressive companies in sponsoring this year’s music festival. Today, we are celebrating our partnership with Lafarge Zambia which has long experience of sponsoring and promoting the arts in Zambia. Together with all the sponsors that have come onboard, we share a vision of social and cultural development,” she continued.
Stanbic has been in Zambia for over 60 years. The bank has been part of the country’s growth story, with a strong commitment to uplifting local communities through sponsorship of Zambian arts and culture. “Together with the sponsors already onboard and those yet to join, we will continue to use this event to create a unique platform that contributes to our culture and local tourism, as well as sharing a common vision of driving economic development through music,” she said. And Lafarge Zambia chief executive officer Vincent Bouckaert said that the company has made a commitment to create shared and sustainable value for its stakeholders and that part of its commitment and investment is channelled towards uplifting local communities through its strategic social investment. “We have supported the Lafarge Lusaka Marathon, which generates income to various charities such as Cheshire homes, the Arthur Davison Hospital, the Livingstone General Hospital. We have supported art and culture by investing in traditional ceremonies such as the Cuundu cultural fund, Chikwela makumbi and the Stanbic Music Festival,” said Mr Bouckaert.