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Stanbic promises to promote jazz

BY: The mirror / Graphic / Accra

Nothing sounds better in the ears of the  creative arts community than a corporate entity promising to  do all it can to promote an aspect of the arts.

That’s why jazz lovers who were at the two-day Stanbic Ghana Jazz Festival at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra last weekend walked away satisfied that there would be another rousing jazz event next year by courtesy of Stanbic Ghana.

The assurance was given by Mawuko Afadzinu, Head of Marketing at Stanbic Ghana, on the opening night of the festival.

He said  his outfit was keen to promote jazz here by  pitching good local acts together with acclaimed foreign performers to help raise the level of the music here.

He was hopeful that Stranbic Bank would be able to look back in about five years from now and be proud of its record with jazz in this country and across the sub-region.

At the festival itself, guitarist Peter White and pianist Oli Silk from England and the Ghanaian squad of Noella Wiyaala, Ofie Kodjoe and Akablay and his Abiza Band gave off pleasant performances.

The audience was even more thrilled when Stanbic Bank decided to give away mobile phones and business-class tickets   on  South Africa Airways to some of them at the two shows.

The Stanbic  Ghana Jazz Festival was organised by Smooth Jazz Ghana Limited in collaboration with Stanbic Ghana and Live FM.