Zim collaborates in Seychelles carnival

VICTORIA - Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) believes being co-organiser of the Carnival International de Victoria which kicked-off here yesterday will be good practice for the country’s inaugural carnival set for mid-year.

ZTA, whose exhibition fronted by Hwamanda Dance Group was voted the best in the Indian Ocean island’s last carnival, are co-organising this year’s Carnival International de Victoria along with the host nation and Reunion.

Sugar Chagonda, ZTA’s corporate affairs head, told the Daily News in Victoria yesterday that Zimbabwe has gained valuable experience by partnering Seychelles and Reunion.

“In May or June we will host Zimbabwe’s first ever carnival. The one done in Victoria Falls recently was organised by an individual.

“The May/June one will be fully organised by ZTA”, said Chagonda.

“That is why we accepted the invitation by Seychelles to partner them in organising this internationally-recognised historic carnival.

“We want to learn from them so that our inaugural carnival will be better. The planning of our first carnival is at an advanced stage.

“Remember too that in August we will be co-hosting with Zambia the United Nation World Tourism Organisation (UNTWO). The experience we are getting here in Seychelles will also prepare us better for this great event”.

Zimbabwe, represented in this year’s Carnival International de Victoria by high-riding dendera musician Suluman Chimbetu, who will battle it out with 26 other nations.

The Batai Munhu singer’s chances of winning have been undermined by the fact that he, and the other competitors, has to show his mettle to the judging panel in just two minutes.

The Orchestra Dendera Kings will be perform in a truck branded in Zimbabwean colours that will part of the festival procession.

Though conceding that two minutes will be a tall order, Sulu is nonetheless determined to do his best.

“It is an honour to be made the country’s representative. The challenges are there but that won’t stop us from giving it our best shot.” - Dakarai Mashava in Seychelles

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