Melbourne’s African talents celebrate

In this year’s highly contested Africa’s Got Talent competition in Melbourne, Pettition Chinyemba of Zimbabwe mesmerized the judges to win the first spot with her breathtaking rendition of “Eyes on The Sparrow” at the jam packed Fitzroy Town Hall Saturday 24 May. PVM from South Africa and Flybz from Burundi came second and third respectively.

Salt Magazine spoke on the phone with the event organizer Zimbabwean born Tariro Mavondo whose passion for the arts can be sensed miles away.

According to Tarriro over 80 youth from 11 different communities auditioned for the contest which was open to all African Australian artists in Melbourne. After a tough three-month auditioning process 14 artists from Zimbabwe, South Sudan, Liberia, Ghana, Congo, Zambian, Kenya and South Africa qualified for the final showdown which was attended by about 300 people.

“The auditioning this year was a really intense process as the caliber of artists is growing every year” she said.

According to Tariro the event was part of a host of events organized by ‘Africa Day Australia Inc.’, a Melbourne based community organization formed in 2012 to commemorate the establishment of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963 at Addis Ababa.

Salt Magazine commends the African Australian community in Melbourne in their combined effort to celebrate Africa Day.

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SALT Magazine is an African-Australian Community News Magazine, created to provide print and online news and information on a broad range of issues of interest to the African community in Australia as well as to the wider general public. Our main aim is to act as a platform for the voice of the new and emerging African Australian communities, providing an African perspective to Australian topics. We wish to highlight African refugee success stories and encourage community development by exploring the challenges faced by new arrivals.

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