Thousands of people thronged Farai Beerhall in Mucheke, Masvingo, for the 2011 Chibuku Road to Fame Masvingo Finals as nine groups demonstrated various music genres on Saturday.
Show promoters, Simudza Mafaro Promotions, deserve a pat on the back for making this
year’s talent show a marvel after they roped in artists from various genres ranging from sungura, Afro reggae, Afro jazz and traditional genres.
Feel Africa, a traditional jazz ensemble walked away with $1 000, while another traditional group from Zaka, Rumwanda came second and grabbed $500.
Massive Combination grabbed $300 after coming third in the contest.
Feel Africa will this year represent Masvingo Province in the finals to be held in Harare.
Zano Rangu, a group from Renco Mine were the guests after they won the 2003 Masvingo provincial finals and went on to win the national finals as well.
The group was given an opportunity to record with Gramma Records.
Beer lovers enjoyed their time as the group which comprises women and men as well as disabled people unleashed good songs ranging from sungura, traditional as well as gospel.
A woman bass guitarist, Loveness Chigwanhi, shocked all and sundry after she strummed the instrument with the precision of a seasoned artist.
The Chibuku Road to Fame programme promotes upcoming and disadvantaged musicians, and also tries to unite people through their messages of reconciliation dished out at the shows.
Some government officials attended the show.