21 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Kadengu Wins Starbrite!

All is well that ends well for unheralded star Bryan Kadengu who won big in StarBrite finals, a talent search show held over the weekend.

The Chinhoyi-based musician walked away with a Honda Fit vehicle, all expenses paid trips to the US, South Africa, Germany and Victoria Falls, Samsung 32 inch LCD TV, recording contract with Tuku Music, a residential stand and a Blackberry handset.

Other winners were Amanda Manyowa of Harare and Xolani Ndhlovu of Bulawayo who came second and third respectively. Manyowa received a performance trip to South Africa, a recording contract with Tuku Music, singing mentorship with Hugh Masekela, Judith Sephuma and Louis Mhlanga in South Africa, an iPad, an android handset, paid-up gym membership among others.

Ndhlovu received a recording contract with Tuku Music, a laptop and an android phone.

In the poetry category, Promise Madavanhu from Masvingo came first with Nomore Dovi as the runner-up. The dancing category saw Harare-based Magesh piping Hard Mashona clinch the top spot. Takudzwa Mashonganyika took the Special Talent category.

For his poetic exploits, Promise Madavanhu took home a residential stand, laptop, android phone among other gifts. His runner-up Nomore Dovi got an android phone, headphone set and Oceane perfume hamper.

Macgesh Tornadoes the dancing champions collected a laptop, laptop bag, two android phones and residential stand.

Hard Mashona received an android phone and Oceane perfume hampers.

Barney Mpariwa, the brains behind the talent show said the competition has grown over the years.

"StarBrite is a tried and tested brand that predates the popular Western programmes like 'American Idol', 'Pop Idol', 'America Has Got Talent' and 'X-Factor'. Pursuant to our original objectives, the team has been working behind the scenes over the last 18 months to revive StarBrite, this time much bigger and more interactive.

"The preparations for next year are already at an advanced stage and with the momentum generated by Season One the producers are confident of surpassing the 7 000 record number of people who auditioned," he said.

StarBrite is credited for launching musical careers of singers like Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Matthew Kaunda and CJ Besa among others.

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