Starbrite ropes in mentors

HARARE - Starbrite, Zimbabwe’s leading talent search show, has introduced a mentorship programme for the 30 contestants still in the running for this year’s top prize.

Musicians Selmor Mtukudzi and Sanii Makhalima along with voice coach Brian Masendeke have been roped in to coach the Starbrite finalists throughout the popular contest.

Barney Mpariwa, the Starbrite director, is confident that the new concept will enhance the grooming of the young stars.

“Each mentor will coach 10 contestants,” the Starbrite director told the Daily News yesterday.

“Mentors will be rewarded for teaching well and for ensuring that many contestants under their instruction remain in the competition,” said Mpariwa.

“They will be guiding and helping them since they have some experience in their respective fields.

“They will also help fine-tune the group song which will be launched on the ‘corporate night’, which is the official launch of Starbrite at the end of July,” he said.

The talent show organisers have included musicians Stunner and Cynthia Muvirimi and producer Nitredy among the judges who will determine winners.

The mentorship programme is similar to the one on The Voice, an American talent search show.

The only difference is that Starbrite mentors will not be judges as is the case on the American show.

Mpariwa is hopeful that Stabrite will start showing on ZBC TV anytime this week.

“We have submitted the content to the national broadcaster so it can start showing anytime from now.

“We recorded 30 episodes; these will carry most of the stuff from the auditions and boot camp.

“It will be screening two times per week, one time during the week for 30 minutes and the other one on Saturday for one hour,” said Mpariwa.

“We want it to be interactive so we will introduce an SMS platform where viewers can participate and win several prizes,” he said.

Mpariwa is optimistic that the current season of Starbrite will be a much better one.

“We still need sponsorship especially in cash as there are some people whose services we have to pay for. But I must say that this time has been different in a good way because of the support that has come our way. We received food, transportation from several sponsors who include Munenzva Transport, Rockshade Car Rentals & Tours, Goldsearch, Spar, National Foods and Amp Meats for the boot camp."

“We appreciate this help very much,” said the Starbrite director.

Of the remaining 30 contestants, only four are not singers.

Starbrite uncovered talented musicians like Kireni Zulu, Tendai “Sasa” Chidarikire, Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Mathew “Mateo” Kaunda and many others.

Last year’s winners were Brian Kudengu, Rutendo Machiridza, Amanda Manyowa, Xolani Ndlovu, Promise Mudavanhu and Nomore Dovi. - Entertainment Writer

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