Ad­e­quate Sounds top at Road to Fame fi­nals

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - From Melissa Mpofu in Harare

LAST year’s Chibuku Road to Fame first run­ners up, Ad­e­quate Sounds, who lost to afro jazz out­fit – Black Sight - emerged win­ners at this year’s con­test.

Heav­ily in­spired by sun­gura ace, Alick Mach­eso – the eight-mem­ber Harare band was very com­mit­ted as they, for a sec­ond time, out­shone nine other bands which had com­peted at the Harare pro­vin­cial fi­nal last month. That for them was the tough­est part as the rest was to be a walk in the park.

From there, they knew they were en­ter­ing a fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory as the na­tional fi­nals were to be held at a venue they were now used to – Glamis Sta­dium, prob­a­bly with the equip­ment they had used last year – giv­ing them an ad­van­tage over new­com­ers from other prov­inces.

From win­ning the pro­vin­cial fi­nal, the young men ded­i­cated most of their time to re­hearsals as they were on a mis­sion to take the top spot. But what did they change from last year? Tendai Gwazi said he be­lieved the trick was their vo­cal abil­ity and so­cial mes­sage in the three songs they per­formed on Satur­day.

“From last year, what we mainly changed was the mes­sage on our songs. All the songs we per­formed, peo­ple can re­late to them be­cause they tackle is­sues which af­fect their day to day liv­ing,” said Gwazi.

“When one looks at my age, they’re amazed that mes­sages on is­sues such as mar­riage can come from me as they’ll be ex­pect­ing it to come from older peo­ple.”

Apart from that, their other trick was in tak­ing notes from Mach­eso whom the group closely fol­lows.

For their ef­forts, the group was pre­sented with a $7 000 cheque as well as a record­ing con­tract. On sec­ond po­si­tion was Masvingo’s Wood Pick­ers while RJ Zvava­pachena from Bin­dura came third. Ku­penya Stars from Bu­l­awayo who had hoped to do the prov­ince proud were nowhere near the top.

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