Star-stud­ded line up for Road to Fame fi­nals

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Leisure - Show­biz Re­porter

JEYS Mara­bini, Jah Prayzah, Winky D, Romeo Gasa and Alick Mach­eso will light up the Chibuku Road to Fame na­tional fi­nals tak­ing place at Glamis Sta­dium in Harare to­day.

But be­fore the ex­pe­ri­enced artistes take to the stage, 10 up-and-com­ing mu­si­cal groups rep­re­sent­ing the coun­try’s prov­inces will sing their hearts out for a $7 000 prize money and record­ing con­tract.

The first and sec­ond run­ners up will pocket $5 000 and $4 000 re­spec­tively.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing groups are Ku­penya Stars (Bu­l­awayo), Murinye Ex­press (Mid­lands), Sun­rise Jazz band (Man­i­ca­land), RJ Zvava­pachena (Mashona­land Cen­tral), Zonda Mthakathi (Mata­bele­land South), Ad­e­quate Sounds (Harare), Ma­faro Chete (Masvingo), African Roots (Mashona­land East), Jazz Croon­ers (Mashona­land West) and Shan­tani Band (Mata­bele­land North). Ku­penya Stars direc­tor Rob­son Mu­ram­biwa said the sun­gura band was rar­ing to go, declar­ing that the group would bring the cov­eted prize to Bu­l­awayo. “We sing in di­verse lan­guages and this gives us an edge over other groups. We’re fully pre­pared as we’ve been re­hears­ing day and night to fine tune our act so we can bring the tro­phy to Bu­l­awayo,” said Mu­ram­biwa. Shan­tani — an afro fu­sion group — said they were ready to tackle the best in Harare. “We’re more than ready. We’ve pol­ished our per­for­mance from the one we did at the pro­vin­cial fi­nals. Peo­ple in Harare should ex­pect se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion from us,” said the Hwange group’s leader Zibu­siso Ng­wenya. Zonda Mthakathi group leader Brian Ncube said: “We’ve par­tic­i­pated at the na­tional fi­nals 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.”

Jah Prayzah

Jeys Mara­bini

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