Winners of the Bulawayo Metropolitan province Chibuku Road to Fame 2014 edition – Sounds of Universe – have been dramatically disqualified from taking part in the national finals slated for next month in Harare, allegedly due to acts of misconduct.
The Bulawayo budding musicians were said to have put the name of the sponsors and organisers into disrepute by, among other allegations, accusing them of ill-treatment in last year’s finals held in the capital.
Catherine Mthombeni, the communications manager for the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe confirmed the development, saying the group had been replaced by runners-up Facebook Brothers.
“The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe wishes to advise all interested stakeholders that the Sounds of Universe will no longer represent the Bulawayo Metropolitan Province at 2014 Chibuku Road to Fame National finals that will be held on 27th September,” Mthombeni said.
Immediately after winning the provincial finals held at Minor Hotel, last month, the group complained to the media about the Chibuku Road to Fame finals of 2013 without of following laid down procedures.
The group cited issues of corruption arguing that they did not deserve position five at the national finals and accused judges of ill-treating them.
Efforts to get a comment from group members was in vain as the phone of the director Ncengile Moyo was not reachable.
Chibuku Road to Fame is a partnership programme with Delta Beverages.
The programme is a music identification talent show that seeks to promote upcoming musicians.
First prize winners are given money and a recording contract for their debut album.