WERE crowned Chibuku champs

HARARE - Were, who recently clinched the top prize at the Imagine Festival held in Norway, underlined their growing reputation by winning the Chibuku Road to Fame Harare provincial finals.

The five-piece Chitungwiza-based afro-fusion group beat sungura group Njanja Express into second place with Pakare Paye Arts Centre Group, Tsvete, claiming third place in a competition held on Saturday in Highfield.

For their efforts, Were pocketed $1 000 while Njanja and Tsvete took home $500 and $300 respectively.

The winning group will battle it out with nine other provincial winners in the Chibuku Road to Fame finals to be held the at Glamis Arena in the capital next month.

Music superstar Oliver Mtukudzi is expected to grace the event.

The other groups which participated included four sungura outfits, Pangolin Revolution, Orchestra Mafaro, Chibi Sounds and Ambassadors of Life.

Also in the competition were afro jazz group Land Mark, afro-pop fusion ensemble Milopi and a reggae outfit called Top Shata.

Second-placed Njanja and third-placed Tsvete, however, both insisted after the competition that they were far better than the winners Were.

Were’s Lindiwe Mavunga was very gracious in victory.

“This victory was not an easy one. We were competing against very talented groups.

“Energy and uniqueness made us win this competition and we are so excited,” she said.

But Admire Maponde of Tsvete told the Daily News that his group deserved to win the competition.

“Our group deserved better because we really did well,” he said.

Njanja Express manager Simbarashe Muchecheterwa was equally bitter with the outcome of the competition.

“We deserved to be the winners and the crowd also felt the same way,” he said.

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