Dreamstar regional finals beckon

HARARE - Dreamstar, a talent show run by the Chinese Federation in Zimbabwe, will hold regional finals on October 22 in Bulawayo and Harare.

Dreamstar director Leonard Mapfumo said the regional finals will come on the back of successful auditions which were held in most major centres throughout the country.

“The stage is now set for southern and northern region finals. For Harare it will be held at the Longcheng Plaza and for Bulawayo at Rainbow Hotel. The northern region is made up of Mutare, Chinhoi, Bindura and Harare while the southern region is made up of Bulawayo, Mutare, Kwekwe and Gweru,” said Mapfumo.

The Dreamstar director, who is an urban grooves legend, said the preliminary rounds of the talent search competition featured competitors from diverse art forms.

“The selection has a mixture of different people including dancers, poets, dance and music, bands. There are fewer individual singers than bands. We shortlisted 40 groups made up of 118 people from both regions.

“For the finale, we are targeting 15 groups, seven from the northern and southern region and one who will be the judges’ trump card,” he said.

Mapfumo added that the 2016 Dreamstar finale will be held on December 17 at a venue to be advised.

The ultimate Dreamstar winner will get $3 000 with the first runner up pocketing$1 500. The second runner up will pocket $500.Top ten finalists will travel to China on tour for two to three weeks.

Last year, beat boxer 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 Mufakose-bred 19-year-old 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 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.

Last year, 29 finalists visited China for 12 days. Musician Maxwell Chiungwe, who took part in the contest last year, is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Beijing while nine others are participating in a cultural exchange programme in Xandu that will last for a year.

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Please review the names of the region finalists on your articles or news or any of your media

ASHIE A.K.A AXIN - 18 November 2016

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