By Mundia Mubita.
Stanbic bank Zambia in partnership with the Misty Jazz bar and restaurant have organized the the first ever Jazz festival in Zambia. Although Jazz is not very popular and well known in Zambia, the Misty and Stanbic are giving you a chance to explore this type of music further, by bringing to you this festival which will feature performances from internationally recognized musicians. The festival which will take place on the 20th-21st of September, at the Misty lounge at Levy business park located on the upper floor is set to feature Jazz legends like the likes of Hugh Masekela a South African trumpeter, fluelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer who has been in the music industry for close to five decades now, Oliver Mtukudzi another “legend” in the African music industry from Zimbabwe, his music is popularly known as "Tuku Music". and Zonke Dikana a South African Afro-soul singer is also expected to grace the event with her Afro-Soul music. She's written many hit songs for artists such as Theo Kgosinkwe, Winnie Khumalo and Tsepo Tshola, to name just a few. She has been on the South African music scene since early 2000.
The festival has not left out the local flavour like Mumba Yachi, who is an award winning Zambian musician, Maureen Lilanda a household name in the Zambian music industry, and Uncle Rex is a multi-talented and multi-award winning guitarist and song writer are all set to perform. Apart from the festival, be sure to go on an empty stomach, the Misty jazz bar and restaurant is recognized internationally as one of the best restaurants with delicious meals.
This is definitely not a festival to miss. For patrons who do not exactly know what Jazz is , well it is simply a combination of African-American music with European music which started in the United States in the early 20th century. One important part of Jazz is improvisation, which means the musicians are creating new melody lines depending on the mood, the beat and their creativity. This type of music was influenced by the music of African slaves who were taken from Africa to work in the plantations of the Southern United States, such as call and response songs and blue notes. These characteristics are what developed blues, a sad song that slaves sung during their labor. These influences were indirect, through earlier musical forms such as ragtime. Jazz has musical styles from European music, as well as the brass and stringed instruments and (sometimes) the use of musical notation.