Int­wasa ends on high note

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Nh­lal­wenhle Ng­wenya Show­biz Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Int­wasa Arts Fes­ti­val shut down show Bayethe Bu­l­awayo con­cert held on Satur­day proved that the an­nual arts event is still a force to reckon with de­spite the low bud­get.

The show, held at the Large City Hall, brought a close to this year’s edi­tion themed Ex­pres­sions.

With scep­tics and arts crit­ics call­ing for the post­pone­ment of the event, the star stud­ded line up for the fi­nal show was a buoy­ant point for the or­gan­is­ers as they proved they still have what it takes to run the event.

Sev­eral artistes that in­cluded the likes of, San­dra Nde­bele, Iyasa, Sun­gura Mas­ters, DJ Mzoe, Khuliyo, DJ Slamma, Gu­luva 7, Mzoe 7, POY, Band with no name, Ash­leigh, As­aph, Gugulethu, Car­los, Sweeto, Ndux Ju­nior and Ramsey Ka­s­awaya took to the stage much to the de­light of the crowd.

The show started at 9PM in­stead of 6PM but the peo­ple waited.

Po­lice had a tor­rid time try­ing to con­trol the crowd as peo­ple jos­tled to get into the hall.

Zimbo mu­sic were first on stage and they sent the fans into a frenzy de­spite the sound sys­tem hav­ing a bit of glitches.

Ramsey Ka­s­awaya de­spite per­form­ing sev­eral cover songs, proved to be a dar­ling of the fans as he re­minded peo­ple of the old days of Love­more Ma­jaivana.

Chibuku Road to Fame Bu­l­awayo win­ners Ku­penya Stars did not waste any time with their en­er­getic dances and won the hearts of many mu­sic lovers who could be seen danc­ing along.

Dance queen San­dra Nde­bele also proved that she is still a pi­o­neer of the arts in the city.

All artistes wanted to make a name for them­selves hence their pol­ished per­for­mance.

Mean­while, peo­ple who paid $10 dol­lars for the VIP felt short­changed be­cause it was free for all due to lax se­cu­rity. THE min­i­mum re­quire­ment of an A-Level cer­tifi­cate for those in­tend­ing to con­test for Miss Tourism Zim­babwe seems to have irked many in the mod­el­ling in­dus­try.

Those against this min­i­mum re­quire­ment are ac­cus­ing the or­gan­is­ers of be­ing overzeal­ous but oth­ers are say­ing it’s a pos­i­tive move.

Miss Tourism Zim­babwe, a new pageant, seeks to crown a tourism am­bas­sador for the coun­try next month. The or­gan­is­ers said they do not want an or­di­nary girl but a beauty with brains who will rep­re­sent the coun­try well when she com­petes at in­ter­na­tional pageants and globe trots on her var­i­ous as­sign­ments.

This, ac­cord­ing to the pageant’s pa­tron – Bar­bara Mzembi is the rea­son why their min­i­mum re­quire­ment is an A-Level cer­tifi­cate, with a diploma or de­gree be­ing an added ad­van­tage for the hope­fuls.

Mzembi dur­ing her visit in Bu­l­awayo last week said a con­tes­tant who would have com­pleted A-Level stud­ies is likely to be fo­cused on pur­su­ing a ca­reer, rather than dab­bling in the world of beauty pageants.

But, close fol­low­ers o f pageantry have raised alarm say­ing the Miss Tourism or­gan­is­ers risked hav­ing a pageant with few or no beau­ti­ful girls. “It’s no se­cret. Pageantry is all about fun and the truth is that most beau­ti­ful girls are not that in­tel­li­gent so chances are high that they never did A Level,” said an avid pageant fol­lower who de­clined to be named. “Miss Tourism Zim­babwe will likely get ed­u­cated, but not so beau­ti­ful girls. At times it’s not about what level you reached with ed­u­ca­tion, but it’s about how you use your brain in the real world so th­ese or­gan­is­ers need to re­con­sider or else they’ll shut out the beau­ti­ful girls who make pageants more in­ter­est­ing.” A for­mer model, Sharon Dube said some young mod­els would be hop­ing to be crowned and use the money to pur­sue A-Level stud­ies. Re­search has how­ever shown that most mod­els crowned in dif­fer­ent African coun­tries in the past were uni­ver­sity stu­dents vin­di­cat­ing Miss Tourism Zim­babwe or­gan­is­ers. Mzembi said they set the min­i­mum re­quire­ment af­ter a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tions with play­ers in the tourism sec­tor. “We ap­proached play­ers in the tourism sec­tor and asked them what role they wanted Miss Tourism Zim­babwe to play. They were in uni­son say­ing they just didn’t want a beau­ti­ful girl, but one who could ar­tic­u­late her­self well enough to mar­ket brand Zim­babwe to the world,” said Mzembi. She said they would rather have qual­ity than quan­tity adding that the re­sponse from var­i­ous prov­inces has been en­cour­ag­ing. “So far we’ve au­di­tioned more than 100 girls and that’s tes­ti­mony that we have enough girls that meet the re­quire­ments that we’ve set.” “Ac­tu­ally, it’ll be hard for the judges to trim the girls to 15 , the num­ber that will com­pete for the crown. We’re spoilt for choice,” she said. The girl who will be crowned Miss Tourism Zim­babwe will go on to rep­re­sent the coun­try at Miss Tourism In­ter­na­tional – a pageant Mzembi said was very par­tic­u­lar about beauty and brains. “Miss Tourism In­ter­na­tional is par­tic­u­lar about both the beauty of the girls and the brains,” said Mzembi. — @bon­ganinkunzi.

Bar­bara Mzembi

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