THE National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) has urged budding artistes in the music industry in Bulawayo to register for the popular Chibuku Road to Fame competition.
Bulawayo is set to hold its preliminary round on August 10 on a venue yet to be advised.
Provincial winners of the final will earn themselves a ticket to represent Bulawayo in the finals set for Harare later this year.
Charity Nyathi, NACZ provincial manger, said they were encouraging artistes to liaise with their office so that they could be registered when there is still time.
“We are encouraging artistes to come and register with us because this competition is aimed at developing them,” Nyathi said.
She said NACZ would not allow groups to come and register with them on the day of the competition, saying this created problems especially in planning and financing groups.
Chibuku Road to Fame is one of the country’s largest talent identification events where up-and-coming artistes get the chance to market their products and stand a chance of clinching a recording deal.
The rules of the competition dictate that for a group to take part in the competition, it must not have recorded in the past and their music must be infused with the whole range of instruments such as guitars and keyboards.
Meanwhile, Matabeleland South will host its provincial competition on August 24 while Matabeleland North will have their provincial final on September 20.