Gwanda to host first ever tal­ent show

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Nh­lal­wenhle Ngwenya

IN a bid to re­vive arts and give due recog­ni­tion to tal­ented lo­cal artistes, Gwanda is set to host its first ever tal­ent show on Satur­day at the Red Cross Hall.

The tal­ent show comes af­ter the min­ing town re­alised there were many tal­ented artistes per­form­ing in bars and fam­ily shows, yet they strug­gle to ven­ture into the main­stream arts in­dus­try.

Or­gan­iser of the show, Leroy Sibanda said the mo­tive of the tal­ent search was to mar­ket tal­ented maJahun­das – as Gwanda res­i­dents are af­fec­tion­ately known – to the na­tional and in­ter­na­tional scene.

“We’ve no­ticed that Gwanda has a lot of tal­ent and most of it goes un­recog­nised.

“The essence of this show is to mar­ket lo­cal tal­ent to the whole of Zim­babwe and hope­fully to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity as well,” said Sibanda.

He said they in­tro­duced the Gwanda Tal­ent Show af­ter re­al­is­ing that no prom­i­nent mu­si­cian or artiste had emerged from Gwanda.

The tal­ent show, which has a fo­cus on dance and mu­sic, has no age limit.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested will be ex­pected to pay a $3 reg­is­tra­tion fee which will go to­wards hir­ing equip­ment and rent­ing the venue.

“Cur­rently, we’ve more than 15 artistes that have reg­is­tered and we’re ex­pect­ing more.”

Gwanda res­i­dents usu­ally have a luke­warm re­sponse to the arts sec­tor as peo­ple spend most of their time pan­ning for gold, but the tal­ent show seeks to cre­ate space for the arts in the ever busy min­ing town.

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