More than 700 upcoming artists have participated in this year’s Dreams to Fame talent search programme run by Amakhosi Theatre Centre, Cont Mhlanga the centre’s director has said.
Mhlanga told NewsDay yesterday that the project had become the “biggest talent search programme in the country”.
“By week 15, Dreams to Fame has seen 760 aspiring artists going through the programme, making it the country’s largest open forum platform for performing arts expression and talent exhibition in Zimbabwe,” he said.
Mhlanga said the arts showcase had also been attended by thousands of art lovers.
Performers have been put into groups. Last week the centre held a contest of Group A (music category) participants. Performers were Crazy Bug, Queen, Heavy D, Tholakele, Koi-Koi and Young Stan.
Tholakele, Crazy Bug and Koi-Koi made it to the semi-final stage, while Young Stan is in the running for the Best Costume Award and Queen is up for the Most Promising Musician Award.
Group B is the dance category. Those who took part were Young Star Groovers, Expose, Sky Shakers Junior, Amapopcorn and Explosion.
Explosion, Amapopcorn and Expose, who gave a breathtaking performance, made it to the semi-finals of the competition.
Sky Shakers Junior is now running for the Most Promising Dance Award while Explosion is in the running for the Best Costume Award in dance.
“The remaining contestants will compete on November 26 of this month at Amakhosi Cultural Centre for a semi-final place on December 3,” said Mhlanga.
Dreams to Fame is an Amakhosi programme that aims to provide a free platform to upcoming artists to showcase their talents. It runs for 20 weeks from August to December each year.
“It is also an audience building programme for the arts. It encourages the responsible consumption and enjoyment of arts and cultural products by the young generation of our society while developing a strong sense of confidence, freedom of choice and expression in young people,” said Mhlanga.