Dancehall talent search on cards


NATIONAL Arts Merit Awards (Nama) 2013 Promoter of the Year Partson “Chipaz” Chimbodza of Chipaz Promotions has vowed to continue marketing local artistes by giving them a platform to showcase their talent.


Chipaz will be hosting a Zimdancehall talent search at Plaza de Castilla in Greencroft on January 25 to choose artistes who will share the stage with veteran artistes at a show slated for Harare Gardens on February 15.

Speaking in an interview this week, Chimbodza said he would continue with his mission to identify and recognise talent in Zimbabwe.

“As Chipaz promotions, we are continuing from where we left last year. As we seek to bring fans yet another year of different shows for both upcoming and renowned artistes,” Chimbodza said.

“Our first show this year is aimed at unearthing talent for underground artistes who are failing to get the exposure.”

Chimbodza said that 10 of those selected would share the stage with veterans such as Dhadza D, Freeman, Guspy Warrior, Sniper, Lady Squanda and many others.

He added that his energies would mainly target local talent and hinted that he had no intention of bringing international talent for shows in Zimbabwe.

Artistes like Sulumani Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah and Kapfupi born Freddy Manjalima, among others, have benefited from his projects. Recently, he inspired the growth of the dancehall genre which is now proving to be surpassing other genres like Sungura.

Meanwhile, another arts promoter Hillary Mutake of Punchline Entertainment has challenged musicians to be more serious with their projects if they want to rise to fame.

“Seriousness is lacking in Zimdancehall. Some of the artistes are disorganised. I am saying to them please be more serious and improve music quality,” Mutake said.


  1. the above mentioned are stars yes but they do not yet qualify as veterans, they are still young and rising, just to correct chipaz.

  2. does chipaz know what a veteran musician z? tuku will laugh at ths & for the record, z he doing ths for the money or for the artistes’ benefit coz as far as we know, #bluetooth is the one thats promoting these artistes

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