Dreamstar 2016 lines up auditions

HARARE - Dreamstar, a talent show run by the Chinese Federation in Zimbabwe, has begun nationwide auditions for the coveted competition.

For this year’s edition, the winner will get $3 000, first runner-up $1 500 while the second runner-up will pocket $500.

Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe vice chairman Zivanai Zhou said auditions have already been held in Masvingo, Mutare, Marondera, Gweru, Bulawayo and Kwekwe.

Further auditions will be held in Bindura tomorrow, Chinhoyi (September 24), Harare (from tomorrow to September 25).

“Last year, over 500 contestants came through for their share of the cake. This year we are running under the theme ‘Dream Higher, Fight Harder.’

“This theme means that you should fight for your dream. We know a lot of young people are struggling and this is a platform to change their lives,” he said.

Last year, 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 October 31

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 $3 000 while Nyasha took home $1 000.

All top 10 contestants, who didn’t make it into the top three pocketed $500 each.

Last year, 29 finalists visited China for 12 days.

Musician Maxwell Chiungwe, who took part in the contest last year, is currently pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Beijing while nine others are participating in a cultural exchange programme in Xandu that will last for a year.

Speaking at a press conference in Harare this week, Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe’s cultural and education officer Wu Chuanhua hailed the talent search show.

“This helps further cement the relationship between the two countries. Contestants get to visit and learn more about China, which is good for the exchanges and the relationship,” he said.

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