Hitondo wins StarBrite
9 January 2017
MUSICIAN Hitondo was all smiles after winning the 2016 StarBrite finals held in Bulawayo over the weekend.
Born Bright Shumba, Hitondo was impressive throughout the two-day showcase which saw him beat other 30 other contestants.
For his exploits, Hitondo walked away with US$1250 cash, a residential stand plus 20000 bricks, funeral cover from Doves, a cellphone from Gtel and a trip to Victoria Falls.
He also got a scholarship to study music at Music Crossroads Academy in Harare.
“I owe this to Mrs Kaseke wife to honourable Kaseke, she is the one who paid for me to get into the competition.
“I also want to thank my wife and the Kuwadzana people who believed in me. This also goes to Oliver Mtukudzi for giving me a chance,” said Hitondo.
First and second runner up went to Petros Zimuto from Bulawayo and poet Millicent Chapwanya of Masvingo.
They both walked away with US$250 cash, a trip to Victoria Falls and a cellphone.
Another poet Lisa Sibanda, 13, from Masvingo, come fourth in the children’s category whilst DJ Emma11 won the special talent category.
Speaking shortly after the winners were announced, Honourable Tshinga Dube urged participants to take art seriously.
“I must applaud StarBrite for what they are doing to keep our youths busy, we have seen so much talent here and wish for the participants to continue to take u art seriously.
“To those who did not win this year, don’t lose hope, you can still have your way one day,”
Minister Dube also gave US$250 to the winner, US$200 for the runners up and US$50 for the fourth and fifth place winners.
StarBrite patron Barney Mpariwa was pleased with how participants performed at the finals.
“I must say we have witnessed one of best seasons in the history of Starbrite, every finalist brought us a show and they really performed like real artistes.
“We have come up with the one winner but truth be said, we have natured talent and every participant is going home equipped,” he said.
Mpariwa said Hitondo was exceptional.
“Our winner is probably going to be rising in the lime light soon, he knows what he is doing and will be taking Zimbabwean entertainment by storm soon.”
Starbrite in its second season has seen stars like Bryn Kadengu, Novuyo, Blessing Chidzurira among others launching their solo careers.