Ntombiyolwandle Ndlovu Sunday Leisure Reporter
BULAWAYO will, in the next few weeks prove that it is indeed the hub of entertainment, as the Dreams to Fame talent search competition, which roared to life yesterday seeks to expose and nurture that talent.
The competition is being held at Amakhosi Cultural Centre and is expected to attract youths from around the country.
The competition will run until the end of the year.
In an interview with Sunday Leisure, Amakhosi programmes manager Thulani Mbambo said the show would be bigger and better than previous years, as they had recorded a huge number of youths seeking to participate in the competition.
Mbambo said they would take advantage of untapped talent in primary and secondary schools and auditions would also be held at various youth centres across the city.
“We have gone to primary and secondary schools for auditions and many students have registered. Now that schools will soon be closed, we will make use of youth centres to conduct the auditions,” said Mbambo.
Mbambo said they hoped to lure more participants to the competition by rewarding artists.
“The competition has grown big in terms of numbers as there are more participants registering to take part in the competition. We have more prizes that will be won by artistes as we have a company sponsoring the show with the prizes.
“Unlike before there will be professional judges who are experienced in the field of arts and will give professional advice to the participants,” said Mbambo.
Dreams to Fame competition has been perceived as one that adds significant value to the growth of the arts industry in Zimbabwe.
It has seen artistes such as Albert Nyathi handpick artistes with talent in various arts genres who have excelled immensely in various arts genres.
There will be three winners from each category and every Saturday slot will have nine winners.
Winners from the dance category will be awarded for their dancing skills when they battle it out on the dance floor finale that has been slotted for December.
With Skies Metro coming on board, it will enable fans to call in and select winners who will also have lucrative recording deals.
Winners of Dreams to Fame 2014 have been absorbed in various genres of the arts industry.
Dreams to Fame competition was incepted in 1999 and has been held annually.
Last year, about 2 000 performers registered to participate and showcase their talent on Dreams to Fame.