Stanbic Bank Botswana helps brings Jazz to life in Gaborone this month, partnering with the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week (GIMC) organisers for sponsorship of the Jazz Festival. Part of the third annual GIMC, this year’s Jazz Festival will be held on Saturday 27th August 2016 at the Stanbic Bank Piazza.
The Festival will see artists both local and international take the stage, including: Jonathan Butler (Headlining Artist), Sereetsi and The Natives, and Botswana Ensemble, comprising Ndingo Johwa, Lekofi Sejeso, Nnunu Ramogotsi, Lister Boleseng, and Banjo Mosele. An exclusive VIP lounge will be available for key guests, including Stanbic Bank customers, EXCO, Board and other key stakeholders.
“We are tremendously excited to partner with the team behind the Gaborone International Music and Culture Week for sponsorship of the Jazz Festival,” said Leina Gabaraane, Stanbic Bank Botswana Chief Executive.
“Not only will the performances find the perfect home in the Stanbic Bank Piazza, but this further affords us an opportunity to engage our customers, partners, key stakeholders, friends and family of Stanbic Bank in a much more cheerful setting. We are passionate about jazz music as a discipline and as an art, and we look forward to appreciating the incredible talent set to take the stage, and further supporting growth of this wonderful art form.”
Stanbic Bank already has a strong association with jazz, both locally and at group level. The now famous Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival, held each year in Johannesburg, continues to make an immeasurable splash, with a number of Batswana – including the Bank’s own customers – being hosted to the series of internationally acclaimed events.
“What is particularly pleasing about GIMC, and a strong aspect of why we as Stanbic Bank sought to get involved, is the way in which is serves to showcase local as well as international talent. Botswana’s wealth of musical talent, including if not especially in the Jazz field, is incredible. We want to help grow and support this in any way that we can, as both an appreciation for the music and as a means of helping grow the arts and culture industry and, in turn, contribute to diversifying the economy,” Ruth Modisane, Stanbic Bank Botswana Acting Head of Marketing.
GIMC is a multi-discipline event that showcases such talents and disciplines as: cultural celebrations, comedy, poetry, music festival, fashion, and jazz. Some of the proceeds from GIMC are donated to carefully selected NGOs in a bid to help further support communities in Gaborone and surrounding areas.
Thapelo Pabalinga, Founder and Managing Director of Leapfrog, Organisers of the event said, “As GIMC organisers, we are grateful that Stanbic Bank saw it fit to support this platform that in turn is doing a lot to show Botswana talent to the world. A lot of artists engaged in GIMC are youth and this will give them an opportunity to showcase their talent for all to see. We are well prepared and looking forward to a great event that sponsors and attendants alike will enjoy.”
Stanbic Bank’s sponsorship of the Jazz Festival is valued at P300,00.00.