Mazowe-based RJ Zvavapachena sungura group will represent Mashonaland Central at this year’s Chibuku Road to Fame final which will be held in Harare on September 17.
RJ Zavapachena impressed judges at the Chibuku Road to Fame Mashonaland Central provincial finals which were held in Mvurwi on Saturday afternoon.
They beat nine other groups, The Way, Afrizz, Nyonga Musica Kings, Glendale Stars, Nyenzwa Express, Guruve Marimba Band, Raramo Boys, Ochestra Zunzanyika and the Jetta Boys who competed at the same event.
The groups were drawn from Bindura, Centenary, Mazowe, Guruve, Mt Darwin, Rushinga, Shamva and Mvurwi.
Guruve Marimba Band took second place and won $500 while Glendale Stars from Mazowe took third place and won $300.
One of the judges at the event, Edith WeUtonga, told the competitors to stick to their given time as most of the groups performed beyond stipulated time.
“When you come to Harare for the finals, there are going to be other equally competitive groups so make sure you dress well and show people that you mean business. Also ensure that you keep your time to the last second,” WeUtonga told participants.
So far, Chibuku Road to Fame provincial finals have been held successfully in Mutare, Harare, Masvingo, Hwange, and Mvurwi. This year’s winner of the national finals will walk away with $5 000 and a recording contract from Gramma Records.
This weekend, the Chibuku Road to Fame talent search competitions will be held in Kwekwe at the Globe and Phoenix Bar.
In Victoria Falls the Chibuku Neshamwari traditional dance competition saw Black Amakhwezi Perfoming Arts scooping the first prize and walking away $500 richer.
Kweseka Makishi Dance Troupe came second, and went away with $300. Third prize of $200 went to Amahlosi Arts.
The winner and the first runner-up will represent the province in the finals to be held in Harare in September.
Kweseka Makishi Dance Troupe broke their 10-year jinx in the competition without winning any prize.
This time around the group, originally from Angola, meant serious business with their 92-year-old leader still going strong and beating the drum with stunning vigour.
The event was well organised and the resort town, saw a number of tourists thronging the occasion with some of them even participating in the dances.
Matabeleland North Delta Corporation sales and distribution manager Kuziwa Chimwanza said the event was successful and all 11 groups did very well.
“It was a successful event considering the turnout, which we did not expect. Victoria Falls people were very supportive and all the groups gave us good performances,” said Chimwanza.
“People appreciated the work Delta Corporation did in conjunction with National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. My hope is that we are there to stay.”
Traditional dance talent as witnessed in Victoria Falls is nurtured from grassroots level such as in schools, with some of it coming from culturally rich villages.