Real Spears wins Manicaland Chibuku Road to Fame


ASSEGAI Crew-inspired ragga Manyika group Real Spears shrugged off stiff competition to clinch the Chibuku Road-to-Fame Manicaland provincial finals in Mutare on Saturday.

Kenneth Nyangani

The seven-member group will now represent the province at the national finals slated for Harare on September 28.

For winning the sole ticket, the Mutare-based group received $1 000 while probably most people’s favourites before the event, Talent Falls, came third to pocket $300.

Youthful group Mutare Polytechnic defied the odds by securing second position and walked away with $500.

In an interview with NewsDay after the event, the visibly ecstatic Real Spears’ leader Thomas Pakurege said they were now focusing on the national finals and he believed in the group’s talent.

“We are very excited after winning here,” he said.

“We worked very hard for it. I would like to thank Assegai Crew members who inspired and gave us all the support we needed.

“We are now aiming to represent the province at the national finals and I believe we are going to do well.

“We are only left with about three weeks before the national finals. So we are not sleeping on our laurels,” he added.

Outspoken sungura musician Hosiah Chipanga, who was part of the crowd, said he was happy with the talent he saw at the competition.

“Generally what I saw was good, there is talent in Manicaland, although I do not know what the judges use as criteria when they select their winners,” Chipanga said.
“What is needed is that these youngsters should conduct more shows so that they mature.”