The second audition for the annual Intwasa Arts Festival’s (IAF) variety show dubbed “Bulawayo’s Most Amazing Talents” will be held today at Eziko Theatre Laboratory in Tshabalala.
Raisedon Baya, IAF director this week said the auditions are proof of the festival’s continued efforts to promote young and emerging artists as well as taking some of Intwasa’s activities to the high density suburbs.
“The hosting of the second auditions is also the first of many collaborations between Intwasa and Victory Siyanqoba Arts group, particularly with Victory’s Eziko Theatre Laboratory project. The third and final audition will be held in July at Amakhosi Cultural Centre,” said Baya.
Bulawayo’s Most Amazing Talents is a variety show that focuses on aspiring and emerging talents in the fields of music, dance, poetry, juggling, comedy, and impersonations.
The first auditions took place in April on the last day of the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair and saw four promising groups qualifying for the finals pencilled for end of August at the Bulawayo Theatre.
The groups that qualified during the first auditions are the all – female hip-hop dance ensemble Hip Hop Honeys, a female group Rocapella, the new Imbube outfit Great Stars and a cappella group Power House Ministries.
Four promising acts will progress to the finals from the Eziko Auditions.
The last four acts will come from the third and final audition at Amakhosi Cultural Centre in July.
“These twelve qualifying acts will then meet in August for the finals where the winning act will receive a cash prize of $500 and a chance to perform during Intwasa’s official opening show at the City Hall Car Park on September 19,” said Baya.
The variety show which was inaugurated last year unearthed the amazing talents of Family Voices and Break Equation.
The two have gone on to perform at bigger stages such as the National Arts Merit Awards and the Harare International Festival of the Arts.
The show is modelled around talent shows such as America’s Got Talent or its South African version.