Chibuku Neshamwari finals on this weekend

HARARE - Ten provincial winners will clash in the finals of the 2014 edition of the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival which will take place in the Harare Gardens on Saturday.

The weekend event, the 51st edition of the Delta Beverages-sponsored dance competition, is jointly organised by the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

Nyadzisai Mirisawu, the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association finance and marketing executive, anticipates the most competitive edition of the event to unfold on Saturday.

“Each province is sending a representative cultural group and given the competitive provincial finals witnessed this year, I am very confident that the national finals will be the most exciting ever,” Mirisawu told the Daily News.

“Dance fans should expect fireworks from the Harare Province representative, Chitukuko Nyau Club who will do the Zambia nyau and Sekunjalo maAfrica from Bulawayo who will do umchongoyo dance.

The other participating dance groups are Victoria Falls-based Simunye Arts who will showcase chinyambera dance (Matabeleland North), How Mine Chimutali (Matabeleland South), Kwekwe-based Zikuwawe Group (Midlands), Ngoma Dzepasi (Mashonaland East), Swerengoma Arts (Mashonaland Central), Red Wing Mine (Manicaland), Mutimukuru School of Arts (Masvingo) and Kadoma-based Nengoma Cultural Arts (Mashonaland West).

Last year’s edition was won by Umkhathi Theatre Works who impressed the judges after putting up a sterling showcase of a traditional tswana dance called Setata.

Umkhathi will participate in the weekend event by virtue of being the winners of last year’s competition.

Patricia Murambinda, the Delta Beverages marketing manager, said her company was happy to be associated with the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival which was founded in 1963.

“Chibuku Neshamwari is the longest-running sponsored arts programme in the country, and has been at the forefront of keeping the practice and art of traditional dance alive in Zimbabwe,” she said.

Comments (1)

I'll be there.

Emru Kunanti - 22 August 2014

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