Probeatz wins DreamStar 2015

HARARE - Beatboxer Takudzwa "Probeatz" Mashonganyika  beat 15 other contestants from various arts genres to land the 2015 DreamStar top prize of $5 000 at 7 Arts Theatre on Saturday night.

The talented 19 year old, who hails from Harare's Mufakose suburb, comfortably beat eight-member accapela outfit Soul Finders into second place with Nyasha, whose performance of Roberto's song 'Amarula' lit up the hot night, coming third.

Soul Finders, made up of six boys and two girls, pocketed $3000 while Nyasha took home a thousand dollars. Sultry singer Nyasha and dance crew Real Flex, who made the top five and five other top 10 contestants, all pocketed $500 each.

The top three was selected by three judges who included popular dancer-cum-musician Sandra Ndebele and Star FM's Nikki as well as 70 public judges selected from the audience.

After landing the big one, a delighted Probeatz said the victory was his answer to the many detractors who had questioned the wisdom of his pursuit of the misunderstood hip hop art of beatboxing.

"I derived my strength from the desire to prove wrong all those who passed negative comments saying nothing good was going to come out of my performance of beat boxing.

"It doesn't matter where you come from, you can make it in life. I am from the high density suburb of Mufakose. My victory tonight shows everything is possible with hard work," he said.

Probeatz, a product of Plot Mhako's Jibilika Trust, added that he would invest most of his $5000 prize money on a house he was currently building  in Waterfalls.

"The prize money will come in handy. I will use most of the money on developing the Waterfall stand," he said.

The DreamStar finale was graced by China's ambassador  to Zimbabwe Huang Ping and several members from the Chinese business community resident in Zimbabwe.

Award-winning musician Jah Prayzah, who was appointed the ambassador of the talent search competition organised by the Chinese Federation in Zimbabwe (CFZ), did not attend the Saturday night DreamStar finals.

DreamStar  representative,Rumbidzai Matinanga, described Saturday's finals as a major success.

“Last season, being the maiden season, the talent show was on a trial run and was composed of Harare participants only. After last year’s achievements, the Chinese Federation  increased the stakes and decided to go countrywide with its search for the 2015 Dream Star of Zimbabwe,”  Matinanga said.

Last year’s top three winners were Devine Chitubura, Devante and The Incredibles. Apart from prize money, the three winners also travelled to China recently.

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