Mathew Masinge, Entertainment Reporter
SINGER Tadiwa Tariro has been crowned StarBrite Season 9 winner at a grand finale held at Theatre In The Park over the weekend.
The 23-year-old won the competition after trying out on the stage three consecutive years.
The Chiredzi bred singer shared spoils with 20-year-old Tatenda Pamhirwa who came second and also comes from the same town.
Harare’s representative in the finals Nigel Musa was second runner up.
For his efforts Tariro walked away with a recording contract, a residential stand, 20 000 bricks plus add-ons from the competition’s partners.
Tamhirwa and Musa also won products from the same partners which will be handed over at a later date.
Tariro could not hide his elation.
“This feels amazing, winning on my third time after entering StarBrite is a great achievement.
“The journey has been amazing and I am proud of us the Chiredzi guys, we did it.
“And I can finally say, ‘Mama I made it’” said Tariro.
Tamhirwa was filled with tears of joy.
“This is just unbelievable, this was my first time entering the competition and I am excited to have won,” she said.
Talent search proprietor Barney Mpariwa described the season as constructive.
“I want to thank every contestant who came through and encourage them to use the skills we have taught them.
“I challenge anyone to engage them and see for themselves who we have developed their talents.
“I urge all our winners not to be complacent, this is just the beginning and a recognition of who you are going to be in the industry,” said Mpariwa.
He urged the winners to remain humble and focused and be ambassadors of the competition.
Rising musician Batsirai Shasha who came through the competition performed at the event. The event was also graced by officials from the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.