VICTORIA Falls-based group — African Traditional Vibes — has won the right to represent Matabeleland North Province in the Chibuku Road-to-Fame national finals after shrugging off fierce competition from rivals on Saturday.
The provincial finals were held at Lwendulu beer garden in Hwange. African Traditional Vibes pocketed $1 000 for their sterling performance.
In second place was Orchestra Wangaka followed by Afro-Band in third position, earning themselves $500 and $300 respectively.
Clara Nkomothe, provincial arts manager for Matabeleland North, said as organisers of the event, they were happy with the spirited performance and the level of maturity shown by all performing groups.
“All groups managed to abide by the standing principles of the competition and all groups performed par excellence leaving adjudicators in a difficult situation on who should win, as most of these groups had similar ratings.
“They performed beyond our expectations compared to last year’s competition,” she said.
James Mukwakwana, director of African Traditional Vibe, expressed delight at landing the top prize.
“We are happy that we have won this competition. We have been taking part in this competition, but we used to fail on the grounds of technicalities in terms of the standing principles.
“But now we rectified our problems and we have won,” Mukwakwana said.
Mukwakwana added that they will work hard and make sure that when they go to Harare they would win the prestigious event slated for next month.