Creative Life, a local arts group, will on Friday embark on a musical talent search programme that is meant to educate youths on HIV and Aids issues.
The programme will see the group visiting a number of schools in Bulawayo to assess musical talent among pupils.
Coordinator of the programme Trevor Mawaka said they would kick off proceedings at St Gabriel’s High School and then visit various other schools in Bulawayo thereafter.
The talent search is running under the theme “Pen and Paper: Schools Sing Life”.
“We will pick one talented student from each school and they would then be part of a compilation album that we will record. The album is mainly based on issues related to HIV and Aids,” said Mawaka.
Mawaka, a former presenter on Spot FM said they had urged pupils that are talented at music to prepare for the competition.
“They will be asked to sing their favourite song and will be asked questions on HIV and Aids. Winners will attend a two-day training camp that will involve song writing and musical production techniques,” he said.
Creative Life is working in conjunction with Drum Line and New Era studios to ensure that the programme attains its set goals.
Mawaka said they were looking at carefully moulding the aspiring musicians to ensure that they come up with a good album.
“The compilation album will be distributed for free to all the schools. We want to spread information on the Aids scourge to young people through music and also influence behavioural change.”