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Stanbic Bank Ghana launches 2017 edition of jazz concert

Stanbic Bank Ghana launches 2017 edition of jazz concert

By John Elliot HAGAN, Accra
The 2017 edition of Ghana’s elite jazz concert, the Stanbic Jazz Festival, has been launched in Accra with an anticipation to boost the country’s economic activities.

The festival, a musical journey that began in 2014, brings world-class jazz concert to serenade jazz lovers in Ghana, but according to Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic Bank Ghana, Alhassan Andani, the event has become a national one aimed to boost major tourist attraction for the country.
Speaking at the launch, he said jazz music, with its long history in Ghana, is loved by many people in the country and it provides a platform for both local and global icons to meet musically and interact with one another.
“We are a local bank with global links and we believe that getting the chance to play with legends would make for the cross-fusion of ideas between our indigenous and foreign artists to make them greater acts, thereby enhancing global nature of the event,” he said.
Four former presidents of the state, he noted, have attended the event in the past, and that is an indication that it is a well appreciated one.
The festival provides a platform for top-flight musicians by bringing global legends and local icons together in keeping with tradition of the Standard Group.
The 2017 edition, which is under the theme, ‘Sax and Strings on Cruise’, will host American jazz legend Gerald Albright and Cameroonian sensation Richard Bona.
Gerald Albright is one of the biggest contemporary and straight ahead jazz musicians and has earned his reputation as musicians’ favourite.
For Richard Bona, he is no stranger to jazz lovers in Ghana, having headlined a number of jazz events in Ghana
Fifteen Ghanaian local acts, led by Aka Blay and the Abiza Band, will be part of the show. Others will include Steve Bedi, Knii Lante the Ayisha Dey duo, Paw Kow, and Stephanie Benson.
Head, Marketing and Communication at Stanbic Bank, Mawuko Fiadzinu noted that the festival is of true international nature, and assured patrons of the highest of quality comparable to any of the known jazz festivals across the world.
He announced that this year’s event is in aid of the fight against malaria, and part of the ticket proceeds shall be used to support the Infanta Foundation as part of the bank’s support for worthy causes.

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