Thousands of music lovers descended on Lusaka’s Polo Grounds in Zambia for a thrilling performance by the legendary Boyz II Men at the 2017 Stanbic Music Festival.
The revellers, some from as far afield as Canada, Australia, Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and South Africa turned up for the event on 22 to 23 September 2017, turning the music festival into a regional tourism hub. Before Boyz II Men took to the stage on both days, the crowds were wowed by a fine selection of local musicians who all lived up to their billing.
On the first day, Afro soul singer Wezi, traditional folk singer Mumba Yachi, and hip-hop sensation Chef 187 gave their all, much to the amusement of the crowd that sang along to some of their popular numbers. On the second night, gospel sensation Abel Chungu Musuka, contemporary Zambian RnB singer K’millian, and singer-cum-guitarist James Sakala, were also equal to the task and gave the throngs an unforgettable experience. On both days, electric violinist Caitlin DeVille blew away the hearts of many revellers, who cheered throughout her performances prior to Boyz II Men coming on stage.
The US RnB legends themselves fulfilled the pledge they had made the day they arrived of an explosive Stanbic Music Festival, as they took their mesmerised fans on a trip down memory lane with the popular 1990s tracks that catapulted them to stardom. The crowds sang along enthusiastically when the group performed their clear favourite tracks ‘One sweet day’, ‘Mama’, ‘Water runs dry’, ‘I’ll make love to you’, as well as their 1992 single “End of the road”, which topped charts worldwide and stayed at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks, breaking the decades-old record held by Elvis Presley.
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