StarBrite auditions prisoners

HARARE - StarBrite, Zimbabwe’s leading talent search show, has extended scouting for potential participants of this year’s edition to prison inmates starting with Chikurubi Maximum Prison on Wednesday.

Barney Mpariwa, director of the talent show, told the Daily News that his organisation was delighted to be part of the Zimbabwe Prison Service (ZPS)’s prisoner re-integration programme. “It was a very successful audition. Many were very excited and appreciative of the opportunity to be on StarBrite.

“It is our mandate to discover, nurture and promote talent no matter where it is,” said Mpariwa.

“The response was huge with at least 55 acts displaying their talents. There were various acts with some showing off their acting, poetry, dancing and singing prowess. Ages varied from teenagers to some in their 50s.

“Out of the 55 acts, 20 qualified to go to the 2nd round.”

Mpariwa is optimistic that 2014 StarBrite season will be the biggest to date.

“Many Members of Parliament have partnered with StarBrite to enable auditions to be held in their constituencies.

“We will start auditions in Honourable Walter Mzembi’s Masvingo South constituency in the third week of April before going to Gwanda.”

He added that StarBrite has forged alliances with key arts organisations based in various regions in a bid to broaden the talent search.

“Many partnerships have been established with strategic partners in various regions who are already involved in one way or the other in the search of talent.

Mpariwa listed some of the partners they had roped in as Amakhosi of Bulawayo, Kariva Arts of Kariba, Laag Beats and Vibes of Kadoma, Duemo Steel Entertainment of Kwekwe.

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