Zonda Mthakhathi wins Mat South Chibuku RTF

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Richard Muponde Gwanda Cor­re­spon­dent

MAPHISA-based mu­sic out­fit Zonda Mthakhathi shrugged off stiff com­pe­ti­tion from 10 other bands to scoop the Chibuku Road to Fame (CRTF) Mata­bele­land South ti­tle.

For its ef­forts, the group won $1 000 and earned a ticket to rep­re­sent their prov­ince at the na­tional finals in Harare.

The com­pe­ti­tion, held at Man­zam­nyama Cock­tail Bar in Gwanda on Satur­day, was ex­hil­a­rat­ing as the groups churned out scin­til­lat­ing per­for­mances in an ef­fort to out­shine each other.

Even­tu­ally, one group had to pre­vail and it was the Mas­gandi out­fit which mes­merised pa­trons es­pe­cially with their song Je­hova.

Tshit­shi Broth­ers who also did not dis­ap­point as they fared well with per­for­mances which would have left Mokis Con­nec­tion green with envy, came sec­ond. They were awarded $500 while the third placed group, Ka­fusi Sounds, re­ceived $300.

Zonda Mthakhathi leader, Brian Ncube said they were elated to have come out tops.

“We see God’s hand in all this as we never ex­pected to win this com­pe­ti­tion. All groups per­formed very well, such that the first prize could’ve fallen to any of the groups other than us. How­ever, we are very happy to have won this com­pe­ti­tion,” Ncube said.

He said they were now pre­par­ing for the na­tional finals.

“If all goes well and we don’t en­counter any mis­for­tune, we’ll be in Harare rep­re­sent­ing our prov­ince. We’ve been there be­fore and although we didn’t get any recog­ni­tion, we learnt a lot. This time, we’re go­ing to per­form as men and make sure we leave a mark at na­tional level,” said the group leader.

The group is not new in the provin­cial finals as they came third in 2013 after which they scooped the first prize the fol­low­ing year and rep­re­sented the prov­ince at the na­tional finals.

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