Bongani Ndlovu Showbiz Correspondent
NOMVUYO Seagirl Dube, winner of the StarBrite 2015 competition is over the moon saying the feat was a stepping stone to launching her career in music.
The pint-sized singer beat 200 other contestants nationwide last year to land the title. She hosted a party last weekend at Casino Bar to celebrate the accolade.
For her efforts she walked away with the first prize of a residential stand worth $30,000 that she is yet to receive from the organisers of the competition.
The 24-year-old Bulawayo born songstress, who became the first female to win the competition, said words could not describe how she feels after taking first place.
“I entered the competition as a joke and didn’t expect to win. I’m excited, elated, overwhelmed and at the same time, shocked that I’ve won. There were a lot of talented people and it was a major surprise that I’ve won the competition,” said Dube.
“I hope the accolade raises my profile and kick-starts my career as a musician.”
The lead singer of all female Jazz band One Stand, said she would not sell the residential stand but use it to generate money to fund her career.
“I’ll build a house and lease it out to someone. I’m tempted to sell it and get the money but I’ve to think about my future as an artiste. I can get much needed income during lean months when we don’t have gigs,” said Dube.
The former dancer with Intombi Zomqangala said working as a performing artiste with Amakhosi helped her with stage presence and presentation during the show.
She started off as a performing artiste at school at St Columbus High and also acting on stage at Amakhosi in various productions.
She said she was not a singer but more inclined to dancing and only started singing by accident.
“I developed an interest IN music when I went to Mozambique for a festival in 2012. My twin sister who was a lead singer lost her voice and no one else could sing a song called Uyakhumbula. I had to sing and people loved my voice and started encouraging me to take up singing and I’ve never looked back,” said Dube, who holds a diploma in psychological counselling from Lupane State University.
Looking into the future, Dube said she would release a solo album this year.