PREPARATIONS for the Road to Fame musical competition have started in Matabeleland South Province. The event will be held on July 20 at a venue yet to be announced.
Report by Luyanduhlobo Makwati.
The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz), through its provincial office, has encouraged artistes to register with them.
“We are encouraging our artistes in Matabeleland South to come and register with us when there is still time,” provincial programmes officer Percy Vela said. “We also urge artistes from all districts in Matabeleland South to come and join the race.”
Vela said the competition was aimed at developing budding artistes between the ages of 18 to 35.
He also appealed to artistes to bring their works so they could be exposed and win themselves a ticket to the national finals where they will get a chance to mix and mingle with other artistes.
“We are calling for all these groups to come so that they will get exposure and they can mix and mingle with others so that they can share relevant skills that are found in the music industry,” Vela said.
The main objective of Road to Fame is to identify talent among Zimbabwean musicians.
It is held at two levels, provincial and national respectively.
The finals of the competition are usually held in Harare.
The competition seeks to nurture and expose all music genres that are found in the country.
The rules of the competition dictate that all genres of music to be played should be backed by guitars and relevant selections of western instruments.
The group should have not recorded an album in the past.
Road to Fame is organised by the Nacz in co-operation with Delta Corporation.