Tendai A. Sauta gets privilege to talk to Tinashe Kitchen the Managing Director for Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation about the Dreamstar Music Competitions. “Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we decided to go virtual, and host the show online. The response has been overwhelming, and we have been so excited by the amount of world class talent that has been on display. We are now in the final stages of the show, with the Virtual Finals to be held on the 17th of December 2020 at 7Arts Theatre” ………………………….
1. Briefly tell us about the DREAMSTAR Music Competition and the 2020 edition preparations?
TK: Dreamstar Zimbabwe is Zimbabwe’s biggest talent search show, brought to you by Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation in partnership with the Embassy of China to Zimbabwe, the China Africa Economic and Culture Exchange Research Centre, Empire Tobacco, and Wild Africa Travel. Since our inception in 2015, our mandate has been to provide platforms for talented young, local artists to flourish and to use their talents to change their lives and those of their families. Through our various international partners and connections, Dreamstar also provides opportunities for artists to travel, work, and study locally and abroad.
Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, we decided to go virtual, and host the show online. The response has been overwhelming, and we have been so excited by the amount of world class talent that has been on display. We are not in the final stages of the show, with the Virtual Finals to be held on the 17th of December 2020 at 7Arts Theatre.
2. The Dreamstar Music Competition has been going on for nearly six years. Take us through the success stories and changes that everyone sees in the previous years’ stars?
Bantu Arts Troupe – has travelled to China every year since 2015. This year we failed to send a team on tour due to COVID
Scholarship Foundation – we have sent 6 young Dreamstar alumni to further their studies in China. Two have already graduated, with the rest set to finish in 2022.
Nyasha David and Fusion 5 Mangwiro – two of our Dreamstar alumni who have gone on to achieve great success both locally and abroad, winning various awards and accolades.
Due to our ongoing success with Dreamstar, JCMC was chosen to run and administer the National Arts Merit Awards from 2020 – 2025
3. The Covid19 Induced Lockdown has restricted movement and crowd gatherings. How did you carry out the 2020 Dreamstar Competition Auditions?
We decided to go virtual. It was not easy, but we have received a lot of local support and it has allowed us to reach areas that were previously out of reach.
4. What Challenges are you facing and how are you going around them with regards to bringing the artists together and fine tuning their Acts?
Artists will be mentored virtually, with some managing to come to our mini-camp to receive training and advice towards the development of their skills.
5. What do you promise your old and new followers in the 2020 edition?
Dreamstar is always about introducing young talent to the world, giving them the opportunity to showcase what they can do. We will continue to lead the way as the best talent search competition in the country, and continue to provide opportunities for growth and expansion.
STORY BY TENDAI A. SAUTA (0772761139) (11-12-2020)