Bornwise Mtonzi Arts Reporter
Afro-fusion group Black Sight from Mashonaland Central emerged winners at this year’s Chibuku Road to Fame national finals after beating nine other contestants at the competition held during the weekend at Glamis Stadium. The group from Bindura walked away $5 000 richer, with the second group Adequate Sounds taking $4 000 while the third position with $3 000 went to Harare group Grade 2D.
This year’s championship was a mixed back with genres such as traditional, rhumba, sungura and jazz. In separate interviews, the winning groups could not hide their excitement after such a tough competition. The Black Sight group leader could not hide his joy and said that he was happy they won this year’s competition after failing to win last year’s tournament and attributed it to hard work and commitment.
“On behalf of my group I just can’t hide how we are feeling today. The competition was tough and I’m so glad that we won. Our group started performing in 2004 and now we have managed to win. Last year we failed but this year we were so prepared,” said Nomore Chaola.
He went on to say that the money that they won will be used to buy musical instruments as they used to hire for performances. The Adequate Sounds also expressed their joy and said that they were also going to use their money to add their instruments. “We are happy that we won the second prize though we were expecting to take the first. At least we are going to use some of the money to buy more instruments,” said Tendai Ngwazi the group leader.
The three groups will be joining others such as the Attack Jazz Band, The Way Band, Terry and The Bliss, Romeo Gasa among others that have won the competition in previous years. Various seasoned artistes among them sungura king Alick Macheso, Jah Prayzah, Killer T, Shinsoman and Peter Moyo showcased their acts during the after-party.