International quality : Colman and the winners

Zim talent charms UK music expert

United Kingdom based music expert, Paul Colman,  has been charmed by Zimbabean music talent  in the choral and classical arena. He says the Zimbabwean talent is no less gifted when compared to similar talent on the international stage.

He said the talent in Zimbabwean schools had massive potential  to compete on the international stage.

Colman, a renowned music tutor was speaking at the conclusion of the Western Vocal Challenge Eisteddfod final competition at the Harare International School on Wednesday.

“The festival has been outstanding this year. The standard is remarkably high. Internationally it compares very well. The festival is extremely well organised,” Colman said.

“The standard is extremely high and competes very well internationally,” he said.

Winner of the Monica Trollope trophy, Chisipite Senior School student, Yamikani Mandiwanzira, attributed her victory to passion and able leadership at her school.

“The competition is a beautiful platform for people to use to go up there and really express their passion. Everybody here got the same grade which is 90% and above and if you have everybody with same passion and energy it uplifts you into wanting to do more,” she said.

“For my school it means they have a good foundation and good leaders leading people and it also means I have a good initiative to inspire people through my passion to join in and just do what they love.”

Another winner, Plaxedes James from Chitungwiza said she was confident to compete at the international stage.

Talented Akin Chariga, from Zimbabwe Academy of Music got a standing ovation after his performance.

Chiriga said he was praying for more opportunities to showcase his talent


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