MBIRA MUSICIAN WINS STARBRITE | A mbira musician has won this year’s StarBrite competition whose final was held in Bulawayo at the weekend.
Brighton Shumba from Harare walked away with a total of $25 000 in prizes. In front of a bumper crowd at the Family of God church auditorium, Shumba shrugged off stiff competition from a host of other finalists on his way to winning both the singing category and the overall title.
The $25 000 first prize Shumba won includes a residential stand, 20 000 bricks, $1 000, a funeral policy from Doves, a trip to Victoria Falls, a scholarship from Music Cross Roads, head phones from Huawei, Phone handset from Gtel and a recording contract.
Petros Zimuto from Bulawayo was the first runner-up while Millicent Chapwanya was the winner of the non-singing category with a 13-year-old poet from Masvingo being the second best in the non-singing category. Praise Kaseke from Kariba was the second runner up in the singing category.
Organiser of the talent search Barney Mpariwa said this year’s competition was very competitive.
The judges were musician Ba Shupi, radio and television personality Tin Tin and R&B singer Alaina, Trust Gumbo.