Upcoming musician Tholakele Ndlovu has won this year’s Amakhosi Dreams to Fame top award in the music category.
Ndlovu came first in the annual talent identification programme, beating six other contestants.
The 18-year-old, who hails from Mzilikazi suburb, impressed the judges with her rendition of Alicia Keys’ hit song Broken Heart.
“I am very excited,” she told NewsDay yesterday. “I did not expect to win. It (the win) came as a surprise to me.”
She entered the competition when it started this year, sailed through the elimination stages until she reached the final whose judges were singer and dancer, Sandra Ndebele, dub poet, Albert Nyathi and actress, Precious Makhulumo.
Ndebele said she was impressed by the talent showcased by the young people who took part in the competition. “It was amazing to come face to face with fresh talent,” she said.
Nyathi said the performances were an indicator that the city has lots of talent that will continue to feed into the entertainment industry. “It was a tight contest. This goes to show Bulawayo has a great future in the arts,” said the poet of Senzeni Na fame.
Ndlovu said she was composing her own songs at the moment and also looked forward to getting into the music industry full time, having been inspired by taking the number one spot.
“I would like to build a career around music,” she said.
Ndlovu will receive her award, together with Explosion, who won the dance category in February next year.