Black Ways Band belt it out to finals


David ‘Diva’ Hondoyenzomba and the Black Ways Band have secured a spot in the Chibuku Road to Fame provincial finals, where they will represent Harare, after shrugging off stiff challenge from seven other participants at the weekend.
The Warren Park band pocketed $1 000 after the competition held at Mushandirapamwe Hotel in Highfield.
The national finals will be held at the Glamis Arena in September. The Afro-Jazz outfit, trained by Music Crossroads, stole the judges’ hearts with wistful lyrics that got everyone reminiscing about their roots.
Hondoyenzomba said the competition was tough, but they had ruled the roost because their sound was unique.
“The other bands were good but we won because we have a unique sound. Most of the bands here have members who do the instrumentation for professional bands so their sound is prejudiced,” he said.
Hondoyenzomba said he grew up alongside band members, Known Chakanda and Zivanai Johns who have been instrumental in the band’s success so far.
“I also think the lyrics played an integral role as people love social commentary and that is what our music is all about,” he added. The contest attracted bands from the capital, including Pangolin Revolution, Ambassadors of Life, Most Wanted Band and Orch Chakatanga. The Chibuku Road to Fame competition, just like Music Crossroads, is a talent identification platform which is a collaborative effort between Delta Beverages and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. One of the co-ordinators, Sylvia Muwoni, said the competition promoted development of music groups through identifying potential to produce recordable material.
“The competition also helps in providing upcoming musicians with technical expertise in music and event management,” she said.