'Sizinda Has Got Talent' attracts bigger audience

BULAWAYO - The fast-growing talent show, Sizinda Has Got Talent, came to a fold this week after attracting hundreds of participants at an event held at Sizinda Hall in Bulawayo during the Easter Holidays.

Run by locals for the people of Sizinda and adjoining areas, the six-week event which is one of the few talent search programmes in the city has proved to be one of the best platforms to churn out unexposed artistic talent.

The open forum platform for performance arts expression and talent exhibition comes third from the Amakhosi Cultural Centre’s Dreams to Fame and Iyasa’s Isiphiwo Sami Talent competition, judging by its popularity.

Having kicked off on a high note on March 15, the programme saw hundreds of aspiring youthful artists pouring in to try their luck in the competition which now takes place every year between March and April.

The participants got the opportunity to showcase their talents mainly in music and dance categories.

However, participants in other genres like poetry and theatre fell by the way side during the auditions.

Only eight contestants made their way to the finals with only the top three managing to scoop awards offered by different local sponsors.

Young Elvis Ncube shrugged off stiff competition to claim the top award, while Majariwa Chirwa and Lucky Phiri came second and third respectively. They walked away with different prizes worth over $500 in cash and valuables.

Speaking to the Daily News after the event, Donald Ndebele, one of the organisers was ecstatic about the success of the programme.

“We are really inspired by the strides we have made so far despite that we are still in our infancy. We are only two years old but response from both the participants and the audience was encouraging,” said Ndebele.

He said the response had left them inspired to expand the programme a provincial level.

“Our hope is that, we continue to receive corporate support from well wishers, as it is, we are now inspired to believe that given enough resources we can proceed to host a Bulawayo Has Got Talent show.

What this suggests is that there is a lot of talent out there which needs to be exposed,” Ndebele added.

He also said the talent show programme came about last year as a way of giving back to the community in which they run an equally-successful business.

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