Arts Correspondent
THIRTY-FIVE contestants will battle it out tonight to earn a spot in the top 15 as Star Brite’s season 2 explodes into life at Reps Theatre.
The show, which will proceed throughout the week, will see the top 15 taking turns to thrill in themed performances. Tonight has been dubbed “Freestyle Night” and contestants will perform anything of their choice before being shortlisted among the top 15.
Tomorrow will be the “80s Night” were there will be a showcase of music from the 80s. Thursday will be a “Mapfumo Night” while Friday is “Freestyle Night” again.
The founder of the talent show, Barney Mpariwa urged people to come in numbers to support the music extravaganza.

“The contestants have been rehearsing intensively in preparation for the big day. We started off with as many as 10 000 contestants but at this point, we have established that these finalists can sing. As shortlisting continues, the judges are paying attention to detail. They will consider stage presence and for the themed nights, they will look at appearance and presentation. One cannot afford to make any mistakes at this stage,” he said.

He added that the purpose behind the themes was to afford an opportunity to honour the work that has been made in previous years to make the music industry what it is today.

“Last year, we had a Tuku night were finalists performed various songs from living legend Oliver Mtukudzi. This year we chose Thomas Mapfumo because of his contribution and in the 80s theme, we have seen that most of the contestants have chosen local songs. It is interesting also because we do not only want to promote talent but ensure the youngsters have an appreciation of the music history,” he said.

Mpariwa also expressed disappointment over the reluctance by the corporate sector to chip in.
“Star Brite is a huge nationwide initiative and we incur a lot of costs in transporting and accommodating contestants who are coming from as far as Bulawayo, Victoria Falls and Chinhoyi. At this point, we are no longer complaining but have decided to up our game so that we get to that stage when corporates see our work and decide on their own to associate themselves with our brand,” he said.

He also applauded Gtel, National Foods, Culture Fund, Pinnacle Holdings, Mtangaz and Mr Lazarus Dokora, outgoing Deputy Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture for supporting their cause.
The show starts at 6pm.

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