The First National Bank’s SmoothFest will be hosted on November 24, at Riders Ranch in Sidvokodvo.
The event was successfully launched on August 12 at Summerfield Botanical Gardens. This year’s line-up includes local artists Zamo, Symphony, Qibho Intelleqtual and Sands who will share the same stage with South African Afro Soul singer Lira, Freshly Ground, Jonas Ngwangwa and Mahhotela Queens.
VVIP (Black) tickets are selling for E770, VIP (Platinum) tickets for E530 and General (Gold) tickets for E350. Tickets started being sold from August 20, 2018 at Computicket and all FNB branches nationwide.
President of the Swaziland Arts and Music Association (SWAMA) Melusi Dlamini thanked the bank for creating such a stage for local artists. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Eswatini National Council of Arts and Culture Stanley Dlamini said FNB Smoothfest was now part of the national arts calendar.
“This is a very important event that everyone in the arts sector looks forward to. We thank FNB for the consistency in hosting it yet again and we look forward to a successful event,” he said.
FNB Chief Executive Officer Dennis Mbingo said the event was being hosted to unite the nation through arts and the wonderful setting it brings.
“Our customers are at the centre of all we do. In line with that thinking this year’s Smoothfest will be about celebrating you and celebrating you as a customer both current and potential,” said Mbingo.
He further said, local artists from all genres have even a greater opportunity to sell their craft and build their brands during this festival, and FNB has supported this evolution.
“We have proudly hosted local stars such as Sands , Bholoja ,Velemseni, Judah and Co, Floewe and Nomalungelo before, and we shall do it again this year . These hosting of local artists is what I mean by ‘helping’, we must give them the platform at such events always,” he added.
Also featuring at the event was live music by local artists Judah, Qibho Intelleqtual and Symphony.