The accapella singing sensation Family Voices walked away with the first prize at the inaugural Bulawayo’s Got Talent finals held at the Bulawayo Theatre last Friday. The all male singing group sent both the crowd and the judges into wild ecstatic ruptures with their vocal talents. However, the group didn’t get it easy as Break Equation, a talented dance outfit that fuses contemporary dance with gymnastics, N.G.E, a hip hop artist and Langelihle Arts, from Nketa High and whose act could also have given the likes of Iyasa a good run for their money, could also have taken the prize with easy. The variety talent show, Bulawayo’s Got Talent, is an Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo initiative aimed at discovering and developing talent among the youth. The activities were also meant as audience building exercises in preparation for the one week festival in September.
The talent was there – visible, raw, promising and waiting to be taken to another level. All the 12 acts that were part of the final act proved beyond doubt why they had advanced to the final. Most of the acts came to the finals with new and improved pieces. Their performances were top drawer acts that kept the audiences screaming the whole afternoon. And for Family Voices the extra work paid off with a winners’ cheque. Family Voices’ act was tighter than their semi final act and it was no surprise when Zenzo Nyathi, the hilarious and able master of ceremony for the day, opened the white envelop and screamed the winner’s name – his scream was echoed by the audience. The audiences themselves did not disappoint. They came in their numbers. For the first time an Intwasa event had a mixed audience! There were the young and the old. White, coloured and black. Men and women. It was indeed a colourful mixed audience that sought to reinforce this year festival theme: Art Without Boundaries.
The finals were also graced by the poet Sypho and Friends who gave a splendid rendition of their poems. Siyaya Arts sent the crowds into a frenzy with several of their polished acts. The crowds, in true concert spirits, sang along Siyaya’s version of Tuku’s I was born in the Ghetto.
Watch out for coming activities on this blog and other spaces. June activities include a photography workshop, a drama teachers workshop and a month end performance.