Attack Jazz Band wins Chibuku contest

HARARE - Mashonaland West province’s Attack Jazz Band walked away $5 000 richer and on top of a recording contract after outperforming nine other provincial representatives in the Chibuku Road to Fame finals on Saturday.

The curiously named eight-member Attack Jazz Band, formed in Chinhoyi six years ago, beat Talent Falls from Chipinge into second position with Bulawayo’s Facebook Brothers claiming third position.

Talent Falls, representing Manicaland, pocketed $4 000 while Facebook Brothers, which was brought in as a last minute replacement for disqualified Sounds of the Universe, took home $3 000.

The victory by Attack Jazz Band makes it the second group from Chinhoyi to win Zimbabwe’s leading music competition for rookie bands after Romeo Gasa and Extra Valembe.

Attack Jazz Band leader Isaiah Manzvimbo regards winning the Chibuku contest as a befitting reward.

“We are so happy to be the winners of this year’s competition. We have worked hard for this victory since we formed this group in 2008,” said Manzvimbo.

Talent Falls’ leader Joseph Bhasera is determined to make the most of their prize money.

“We are going straight into the recording studio with the money we got here. This is our golden opportunity,” said the Chipinge-born artiste.

The other groups which took part in the prestigious music contest were Njenja Express (Harare), Black Sight (Mashonaland Central), Afro Bongo (Matabeleland North), Hambako Stars (Mashonaland East), Super Challengers (Midlands), Mafaro Chete (Masvingo) and Zonda Muthakati (Matebeleland South).

Last year winners of the Chibuku Road to Fame competition — The Way Band — from Bindura graced the Delta Beverages-sponsored event.

The Chibuku Road to Fame contest at Glamis Stadium was not the only high profile concert in Harare on Saturday. Across town at Morris Depot was the annual Police Commissioner Funfair which attracted top artistes like Peter Moyo, Freddy Manjalima aka Kapfupi, Charles and Olivia Charamba, Jah Prayzah, Suluman Chimbetu, Fungisayi Zvakavapano-Mashavave and Alick Macheso.

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