MUTOKO-BASED sungura group Hambakwe Stars won the Chibuku Road to Fame Mashonaland East finals held on Saturday at Tandarai Beer Garden in Marondera.
ANDREW MOYO OWN CORRESPONDENT
The group walked away with a $1 000 cash prize and the right to represent the province at the national finals set for Harare on September 23.
Tokudai Mese, a sungura outfit led by Daiton Somanje’s son, came second scooping $500 while Afro-fusion group African Roots came third receiving $300.
It was an explosive competition as all the groups performed to their best.
The venue was filled to capacity with the crowd cheering on the hopeful artistes.
Out of the seven groups that registered to participate, only five competed while the other two developed cold feet at last minute.
The party went on following the announcement of the winners with the introduction of guest artiste Freddie Manjalima aka Kapfupi.
Hambakwe Stars lead vocalist Simba Manyerere said the group was now focusing on preparations for the national finals.
“We are going to start rehearsals as soon as possible and we promise to give other groups a run for their money,” he said.
“Our group has been facing financial challenges and we see this as our opportunity to win a recording contract so we are going to give it our best at the finals.”
Hambakwe Stars is a six-member group formed in 2011 but is yet to record any song. They made it to last year’s Road to Fame finals, but failed to get any prize.