Shan­tani win Mat North Road to Fame

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Leonard Ncube

HWANGE’s Shan­tani won the Mata­bele­land North Chibuku Road to Fame com­pe­ti­tion at the week­end and will rep­re­sent the prov­ince at the na­tional fi­nals in Harare.

Shan­tani, a six-mem­ber group which was formed last year sings in Nam­bya and Tonga and fuses afro jazz and con­tem­po­rary mu­sic. The group’s man­ager, Zibu­siso Ng­wenya said win­ning the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion in Vic­to­ria Falls meant a lot to them as it was their first high pro­file com­pe­ti­tion. They man­aged to beat sea­soned groups like Kwe­seka and Chicken Bus.

“This is a sign that we’re mov­ing in the right di­rec­tion. We’re only in our first year as a group and al­ready our fu­ture looks bright,” said Ng­wenya.

For their ef­forts, Shan­tani went home $1 000 richer while se­cond placed Kwe­seka, which sings in Lubale and Nam­bya won $500. Renowned Chicken Bus, whose lead gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Peter Sal­imu was bru­tally mur­dered last year, was given $300.

Ng­wenya said they were now hard at work pre­par­ing for the na­tional fi­nals.“Shan­tani will not go to Harare to add num­bers, but to give com­peti­tors a good dance for their money.”

The group will among oth­ers, com­pete against Mata­bele­land South’s Zonda Mthakathi and Bu­l­awayo’s Ku­penya Stars.One of the or­gan­is­ers of Chibuku Road to Fame com­pe­ti­tion – Ku­dak­washe Chimwanda said all was set for the na­tional fi­nals. The fi­nals will be held at the Glamis Sta­dium in Harare on Septem­ber 24. – @ ncubeleon

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