FEMALE talent search programme, Sistaz Open Mic, celebrated its sixth anniversary recently with various performances from upcoming and established artistes at the Book Café.
Artistes from a cross section of genres hailed the programme, part of the Female Literary Arts and Music Enterprise project designed to unearth and foster talent run by Pamberi Trust and supported by Hivos.
Jazz artiste Clare Nyakujara saluted the programme for nurturing her: "I want to thank everyone who has supported Sistaz Open Mic and I would like to urge them to continue doing so. I am grateful for their support as one of the products," said Nyakujara.
Another up-and-coming artiste, Zanele Manhenga, also added her voice in applauding the initiative.
"Some of us are a product of this initiative. I want to thank the organisers for coming up with and sustaining the platform," she said.
During the event, Botswana poet Mandisa Mabuthoe, the first winner of regional Poetry Slam, gave a scintillating performance.
Poets who participated include Momo Size, Barbra "Breeze" Anderson, Tanaka Dziva and Roots. Talented jazz artiste Munya Mataruse also performed a solo act in support of the "sisters".
Some of the famous names in the music industry involved in Sistaz Open Mic include Dudu Manhenga and Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana.
Talented guitarist Rudo Chasi was one of the best acts of the day as she sent audience into delirium when she performed together with Mataruse. Part of the crowd included musicians Lady B, Edith WeUtonga and Ba Shupi. The event marked the first 2013 edition of the monthly affair.