By Colette Musanyera
A Zimbabwe at 40 compilation album is set to be released from the best songs selected by the Chimurenga Music Competition adjudicators.
The 11 best songs from the Chimurenga Music Competition which was organized by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation-ZBC and Institute of African Knowledge – INSTAK will live on through a compilation Album titled Zimbabwe at 40.
The top three were presented with their prizes at a ceremony graced by the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Senator Monica Mutsvangwa who hailed the project for providing a platform for young people to carry the liberation history forward through song.
“Let’s continue supporting these young artists. This music competition bridges the gap between war liberators and the young generation. This kind of music appeals to generations which are going to remain after us and they are the ones to take the history to next generations. I am also happy that the competition reached all corners of the country since we have winners from Gwanda,” Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said.
Institute of African Knowledge (INSTAK) CEO Kwame Muzawazi, applauded youths from around the country for their overwhelming response to a project which is key in the preservation of national heritage.
“We are happy to host this project since it has to do with our legacy. We can’t tell our war story without mentioning music since our liberators found solace and encouragement in music. I would like to thank all the participants who exhibited that Zimbabwe is endowed with raw talent. My sincere gratitude to the Ministry of Information for supporting this project which promotes the preservation of heritage and history.”
The first prize went to Chenai and Nyarai Chaendera who received a car, 2 000 United States Dollars and a recording contract.
Kuda Kagudu and Zibusiso Tshuma who came second received a car and 1 000 United States Dollars, while the 3rd prize was scooped by Magnify and Prestine who walked away with 500 United States Dollars.
The event was also graced by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation management, who received a vehicle on behalf of the national broadcaster from INSTAK.