Club Shanga wins Music Crossroads competition


Club Shanga and The Way band, representing Mashonaland West and Mashonaland East respectively, are this year’s National Music Crossroads winners, and will represent Zimbabwe at the Inter-Regional Music Crossroads finals in Dar es Salaam set for July 15.
The two bands shrugged of the challenge from other provinces of Zimbabwe during this year’s edition of the annual competition held in Harare on Saturday.
Club Shanga from Marondera was rated the best band while The Way from Bindura came out second.
They, together with the other eight participating bands, received certificates of participation. Perseverance Mataranyika Club Shanga’s band leader was overwhelmed with joy.
“I cannot explain the joy I have but I am promising fireworks in Dar es Salaam,” she said, tears trickling down her cheeks.
Other bands that were top contenders for the top prize were Destiny, a female duo from Bulawayo, Midlands State University and Afrovision, which represented the Midlands province.
Music Crossroads’ national coordinator, Mathias Bangure, said he was excited about the level to which local music had risen, adding that the competition clearly showed Zimbabwe was full of talent.
“I am sure you will all agree with me that at Music Crossroads there are no losers. The two bands that have won today are the best amongst winners. Let’s hope they will do us proud in Dar es Salaam,” he said.
The Music Crossroads inter-Regional Finals will be taking place between July 15 and 17 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, where other participating countries including Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania and Botswana will also be represented.
The winners of the Inter-Regional Finals will get an opportunity to tour European countries courtesy of Music Crossroads sponsors and partners.
Music Crossroads Zimbabwe trust is a non-profit making organisation which promotes young artistes between 15 and 25 years.
They have produced renowned artists like the Oscar award winner Prudence Mabhena, Munyaradzi Munodawafa, Progress Chipfumo, Bongo Love, and Mokoomba among others.