Africa Connected

With nightlife in Lusaka booming, The Misty is going global

When investment banker, Ignatius Anayawa decided to ditch the numbers to pursue his passion for music – he jazzed up the Zambian nightlife for good.

Seated in this upmarket hidden gem situated near the heart of Lusaka, he explains to Nikiwe Bikitsha the driving forces behind this unique concept.

I’ve always had this passion for art and music. So, I decided to put together a concept where we could have the music and at the same time enjoy a good meal and a glass of wine.

Ignatius Anayawa, Owner of The Misty, Jazz Restaurant and Café

Already boasting with six African franchise partners, he hopes to branch out into Kampala, Botswana and South Africa very soon.

Today, the venue attracts people from across Lusaka and the world over – cemented in the capital as the place to be. And, whilst jazz is not particularly as popular as mainstream music, the introduction of the Jazz Festival is set to garner attention from international artists.

The Misty, Jazz Restaurant and Cafe has attracted a flood of international artists including Hugh Masekela, Salif Keita and DJ Black Coffee.

Reputation draws the attention of artists.

Ignatius Anayawa, Owner of The Misty, Jazz Restaurant and Café

People have seen the restaurant now want to franchise it in other parts of the continent, in six other countries.

Nikiwe Bikitsha, Journalist

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