Zim wins 15 medals at Hollywood arts contest

HARARE - Team Zimbabwe took home 15 medals at the 10-day World Championships of Performing Arts (Wcopa) that ended in Hollywood yesterday.

Beatboxer Probeats, who was crowned the overall champion in his category, took home an impressive haul of five gold medals. To cap it all, Probeats was also awarded a month-long dance scholarship with the Millennium Dance Complex in Los Angeles worth $10 000.

Another shining star for Team Zimbabwe was guitarist Sylent Nqo who scooped the Senior Grand Champion gold medal in the World Instrumentalists category in addition to another gold in the Original Works category. Nqo, who was the captain for Team Zimbabwe, also won a silver medal.

Timothy Hogo won three medals which included a gold, a silver and a bronze in the modelling category.

Team Zimbabwe spokesperson Zandile “Zaza” Ndlovu thanked Hollywood-based Zimbabwean actor Tongayi Chirisa for witnessing some of the performances by the Zimbabwean artistes.

“We also wish to thank Phillipa Sibanda for blessing the team with a victory lunch at a top restaurant, Biggie Chinoperekwei for giving us financial support and ambassador Harry Thomas and his team at the US Embassy for the support.

“Team Zimbabwe is here to stay. We have achieved what we set out to do. And we have been pleasantly surprised by the amazing results,” she said.

Wcopa, which features artistes from over 63 countries, facilitates a boot camp under which top-notch Hollywood instructors and performers judge and conduct seminars at the internationally-acclaimed world championship for talent.

The event is the only international performing arts talent competition and educational experience of its kind held annually in Hollywood, California.

It has been dubbed the Olympics of the Performing Arts that hold a series of performing arts competitions in a bid to identify and honour the best aspiring performing artists on earth.

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