Bulawayo’s Got Talent is a project of Intwasa Arts Festival koBulawayo. The show is designed to identified and groom new and exciting talent. It is one of the build up shows towards the 7 day September event. The inaugural edition of the competition attracted about 28 acts. The acts were different, ranging from comedy, hip hop, poetry, dance and music. The show was a window into the soul of Bulawayo’s arts sector. It was a testimony that there is talent in the city. Talent that seriously needs supporting and nurturing. Out of the 28 acts that went on stage only 12 acts were chosen to progress to the finals which will be held on the 28th of May 2011. The finals will be held at Bulawayo Theatre. The same venue that was used for the finals.
Though the show coincided with the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair and particularly the Bricks and Winky D show organised by Coca Cola Bulawayo’s Got Talent managed to attract a sizeable audience to the theatre. Among the audience were notable personalities like Cont Mhlanga, Sarah Mpofu – Sibanda, Zenzo Nyathi and Idols winner Eric Moyo. Their presence was encouraging to the contestants and the organisers.
Some of the acts were so polished that they left everyone asking for more. And because of the beauty and energy of the 12 acts going to the final the director of Intwasa announced that these 12 acts will definitely be part of the official opening act of the festival. “The reason for us to have the show was to identify new, fresh and hungry talent. Some of the acts were just that and that is why we are saying after the finals we are going to find a seasoned choreographer and director polish the acts in preparation for the festival in September.
Some of the 12 acts that progressed to the finals are Family Voices, H2 from Eveline Girls High, Bhekimpilo, Street Lakers, Mayibongwe Nyathi, Khoi – Khoi and Crew, Langelihle Arts from Nketa High School, Break Equation, Black Sheep, and X –Cell
As organisers we are hoping that people will come in their numbers to support the 12 contestants during the final. The final will be at Bulawayo Theatre on the 28th of May 2011.