Prizes galore for Starbrite winners

HARARE - Bryan Kudengu from Chinhoyi is the Starbrite season one ultimate winner.

The Chinhoyi youngster won prizes including a Honda Fit car, all-expenses-paid trips to the United States of America, South Africa, Germany and Vic Falls (for two), Samsung 32’ LCD TV, recording contract with Tuku’s Pakare Paye, a residential stand and a Blackberry handset.

Kudengu was crowned last Friday after emerging the victor in the year-long talent search in which over
7 000 Zimbabwean aspiring stars from various age groups took part.

Kudengu’s runner-up was Harare’s Amanda Manyowa while Bulawayo’s Xolani Ndhlovu claimed third place.

Manyowa got a performance trip to South Africa, a recording contract with Tuku, a mentorship programme with South African musicians Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma and Louis Mhlanga, a 4G 32 gig ipad, an android handset and paid-up gym membership.

Ndhlovu received a recording contract with Tuku, a laptop and an android phone.

In the poetry category, Promise Madavanhu from Masvingo came first with Nomore Dovi coming second.

Harare-based Magesh came out first in the dance category where Takudzwa Mashonganyika was honoured as a special talent.

Magesh Tornadoes, the dancing champions, collected a laptop, a laptop bag, two android phones and a residential stand.

Magesh’s runners-up, Hard Mashona, received an android phone and two Oceane hampers.

Special talent, Mashonganyika got a residential stand, 32 gig ipad, an oceane humper and more
Madavanhu won a residential stand, a laptop and an android phone.

His runner-up Dovi got an android phone, headphone set and Oceane humper. The residential stands were pledged by businessperson Phillip Chiyangwa.

The prizes will be handed over to the winners on January 24 at the official prize giving ceremony to be held in Harare.

Barney Mpariwa, director of Starbrite, said preparations for the second season have already started.
“We will start running a promotion end of November and the auditions will begin late January”, said Mpariwa.

“I am urging all prospective contestants to register on time. We do not want a scenario like last time where people started coming in after registration.

“StarBrite is a tried and tested brand that predates the popular western programmes like American Idol, Pop Idol, America Has Got Talent and X-Factor.

“It’s important to note that no major corporates came on board to sponsor season one and the producers are grateful to mostly SMEs and individuals who offered their support. Without them the show would have been very difficult to reach the heights we scaled,” he said.

Starbrite came to life with the support of organisations that included Culture Fund and ZBC.

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