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UZ student wins French singing competition


University of Zimbabwe student Peniel Tambama won a ticket to Paris after he came first in a music competition dubbed “Sing Your Way to Paris” at Alliance Française on Saturday.

A number of promising artists exhibited immense talent in the tightly contested event.

Tambama, who is studying Computer Science, could not believe his fortune after his French song titled Un Ainge De Trope came out tops.

The 21-year-old musician knows little French.

“This has come as a great surprise to me, I’m not a French speaker, but I started with this song and have already earned myself first position. I cannot believe my luck,” said Tambama.

He said that he had started full-time French lessons under the guidance of Alliance Française librarian Aime Ngandu.

The French song which captured the ear of the judges at the fully packed festival tells the story of a man who expresses grief at the loss of a loved one.

“Truly the competition was tough, but the young man deserved the first position,” said jazz artist Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana who was one of the judges.

This was further echoed by Willom Tight’s son, the talented Afro-Jazz budding artist Gary Muponda who came out fourth in the competition.

“I am satisfied with my position and happy for Tambama. This was a challenging competition and he did his best and so did I,” said Muponda.

Director of Alliance Française Charles Houdart confirmed that arrangements for Tambama’s tour to France are underway.

The talented musician will be flying to Paris in July.

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