The Herald (Harare)

5 October 2012

Zimbabwe: Nation's Got Talent

opinion

There is no better you than you and so whatever you do give it your best and you will definitely make it. Your competition is against yourself making sure that you put all you have together and give out a performance that comes from within, do not try to be anyone else. Those were some of the words that Oliver Mtukudzi gave to Star Brite semi-finalists talent search programme recently at Pakare Paye. From 7 000 to 10 contestants the journey of searching for that star has progressed.

Currently, in the semi finals the show has transformed tremendously as the remaining stars compete for the top spot.

If you love dance then log on to the show, be it poetry or singing Star Brite has once again shown us that Zimbabwe's got talent. I must say to have reached this stage one needs to embrace the fact that whether they make it in this contest or not they have what it takes to make a mark for themselves in the entertainment industry outside the reality television show.

A lot of work has been put in this project and it is so evident in the quality of the performances and even the stage set and overall choreography. One thing that I found missing in all this grand Zimbabwean experience is strategic partnerships. This kind of mega production requires for the business community to buy in and why not support in every way possible because the arts play a big role in selling our nation and drawing attention to foreign investment.

If we are going to tell the true Zimbabwean story then the arts and entertainment will have to lead the way.

Given the opportunity to be part of the judges I must say that has been a difficult task as all the contestants in the race have amazing and extraordinary talent.

Well, as we wait and count down to the finals of this showdown I also want to take time and recognise Shane Makande, Tichaona Malunga, Joshua Nyagato and Tinotenda who gave a stellar performance during a school function recently. They demonstrated that age is but a number but with determination and passion they can do it .The Malunga boy is definitely a product of the famous Clive Malunga and also a son so what do you expect, like father like son. Creating platforms such as Star Bright is a noble idea which must be commended and given ultimate support from everyone of us and I must give it up to the guys behind this mission .

Richard Kohola is a music critic and radio presente.

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