Chibuku winners join other bands

HARARE - Delta Beverages, the sponsors of the Chibuku Road To Fame, say most of the winners of the music competition have been absorbed by other established groups.

Patricia Murambinda, the Delta Beverages marketing manager told the Daily News, that sungura artiste Romeo Gasa is the most visible artiste among the 13 musicians who have won the competition since its inception in 2001.

“Gasa has stood out to be the main artiste who has come out of Chibuku Road To Fame. He has done very well,” she said.

“Most members of the groups that have won the Chibuku Road To Fame have joined major groups as individuals and this has made it difficult for us to track them to see how well they are performing.”

Winners of the Chibuku Road To Fame are offered recording contracts sponsored by Delta Beverages.

“After helping winners of the annual Chibuku Road To Fame in recording their debut albums we go further to use these groups as guest artistes at some of our events to give them more exposure to the public,” she said.

Last year, the annual competition was won by a Bindura-based outfit The Way Band while 2012 winners were Terry and the Bliss who broke the stranglehold of the music contest by sungura bands with fresh contemporary jazz -inspired sounds.

This year, Chibuku Road to Fame provincials kicked off in Masvingo on June 7 and then spread into all the country’s 10 provinces.

The annual finals of the Chibuku Road to Fame are routinely held in the capital at Glamis Stadium. This year the competition’s grand finale, which will feature Suluman Chimbetu as the guest artiste, will be on September 27.

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