Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, Alick “Extrabasso” Macheso, Allan Chimbetu and Tongai “Dhewa” Moyo are part of a bill that will feature at this year’s Chibuku Road to Fame national finals slated for this Saturday at the Glamis Arena in Harare.
The “Tozeza Baba” hitmaker is expected to spice up the line-up with his katekwe beat while, on the other hand, Extrabasso – who is an inspiration to upcoming musicians – is expected to be ready for the big gig.
Dhewa, who is also one of the country’s leading artistes, will show a thing or two to upcoming groups with his high-energy performance and a long list of chart toppers like “Naye”, “Muchina Muhombe and “Murozvi Mukuru”, to mention a few.
Chimbetu has been in the music industry for a long time to the extent that he has been another great inspiration.
The Chibuku national finals will see at least 10 groups drawn from all the country’s provinces battling it out for the coveted US$5 000 first prize money plus a recording contract courtesy of Gramma Records.
Groups to emerge on second and third positions respectively will pocket US$4 000 and US$3 000 respectively. Munandi Band, led by John Pfumojena, will represent Harare province while from Bulawayo comes Nyampi Stars.
The rest of the groups are Ancient Tribes (Mashonaland West), Sunrise Jazz Band (Manicaland), Afro Vision (Midlands), Coal Miners (Matabeleland North), Motor Supersounds (Matabeleland South), Feel Africa (Masvingo), Little Swallows (Mashonaland East) and Zvavapachena (Mashonaland Central).
Chibuku Road to Fame was launched in 2001 by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in collaboration with Delta Beverages.
The aim of the festival is to promote young aspiring musicians to interact with established artistes so as to assist them record their music.
Source: The Herald