Starbrite ends on high note

HARARE - The Starbrite talent search show season ended on a high note on Friday October 12, with ten contestants battling for the show’s top spot.

Starbrite which started last year with an intensive nationwide search for the country’s best talents closed off on an electrifying tip at the Zimbabwe College of Music on Friday.

But the winners have not been announced yet as the organisers want to engage the voting public on decision-making.

There were three finalists in the singers’ category including Brian Kadenga, Amanda Manyowa and Probeatz (Denzel Takudzwa Bocdwell).

Other contestants only identified as Tsitsi, Xolani and Rutendo were equally good but failed to reach the final three.

“What we have decided to do is engage the people at home, those who were not present at the finals to vote for who they want to win.

“As you know Starbrite is being aired on ZBC on Saturday nights, so people will watch and vote for a week as soon as we flight the finals.

“The public’s votes will be combined with what the judges came up with and the decision will be made according to the judges and public’s decision,” said Barney Mpariwa, Starbrite director.

On the finals night, the contestants gave a sterling performance that made most people to question why this great initiative had few sponsors.

Guest of honour was golden girl, Kirsty Coventry who was accompanied by her fiancé, Tyrone Seward whom she introduced to the audience as “Mukuwasha”.

During her short speech, Coventry applauded the Starbrite organisers for their resourcefulness.

“I am excited to be here as this is a great initiative.

“I think this is really good especially for the youth as it is something productive that they will spend their time on instead of engaging in other destructive things.

“It is nice to see a group of people that are working to bring the youth together and I hope Starbrite will receive all the support they need,” she said.

It must have been a tough decision for the judges to come up with the final three as all the acts were well-polished.
Brian performed his own composition Marunjeya which one would mistake to be from one of the music greats like the late Biggie Tembo.

One of the three finalists, Probeatz exhibited an amazing talent of beat boxing.

Beatboxing is a form of vocal percussion primarily involving the art of producing drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds using one’s mouth, lips, tongue, and voice.

It may also involve singing, vocal imitation of turntables, and the simulation of horns, strings, and other musical instruments.

There were two poets and two dance groups.

Of the dance groups there was one particular one, Magesh that gave a mean routine of the late Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal.

The performance was so good that some ladies in the crowd shed tears of joy and amazement at the group’s ability to imitate the king of pop.

Established musicians Sanii Makhalima and some of his Umsindo members also gave a performance of the song Zvachose (Ayeye).
Bling man, Stunner performed at the end of the show and he proved to be popular among the grown-ups and school children who had come to watch Starbrite.

Auditions for next year’s season are expected to be held in January.

Starbrite came at a time when Zimbabwe’s viewing public where only getting entertained by South Africa’s SA Got Talent, Idols, America’s Got talent.

Several local musicians were identified through Starbrite when it was running in the 1990s.

These included Tendai “Sasa” Chidarikire, Prudence Katombeni-Mbofana and Matthew “Mateo” Kaunda.

The talent search show is diverse, including musicians, comedians, poets, dancers and other sorts of talents are welcome for auditions.

Starbrite’s age group varied from five to 78 years at the audition’s initial stages in August 2011.Starbrite ends on high note

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