Ngoma Dzepasi wins Chibuku Neshamwari

HARARE - Ngoma Dzepasi beat nine other provincial representatives in the Harare Gardens on Saturday to claim the top prize in the annual Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival.

For taking first position, the Mashonaland East cultural group walked away with $4 000. Second-placed Chitutuko Nyau Club from Harare pocketed $3 000 with Victoria Falls based Simunye Arts taking home $2000.

The other groups which took place in the traditional dance contest were How Mine Chimutali (Matabeleland South), Zikuwawe Group (Midlands), Swerengoma Arts (Mashonaland Central), Sekunjalo MaAfrica (Bulawayo), Red Wing Mine Beni (Manicaland), Mutimukuru Nengoma Cultural Arts (Mashonaland West).

Alfred Chiyangwa, the director of Mbira Dzepasi, told the Daily News that winning the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival was a deserved reward for his 15-member group.

“I formed the group in 2006 in Goromonzi and this is our first time to win the national title,” said Chiyangwa.

“In 2010, we won the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance provincials but we failed to win the title. We worked hard as a group. We have perfected the Jerusarema Mbende drums and
for that reason we deserved to win the title.

The 34-year-old Chiyangwa said the 2009 National Arts Merit Awards (Nama) winners will invest their prize money towards acquiring a public address system and to develop an arts
centre in Goromonzi.

Last year’s winners, Umkhati Theatre Works from Bulawayo performed a traditional Tswana dance called Setata as the guest group at the event jointly organised by the Zimbabwe
National Traditional Dance Association and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe with support from sponsors Delta Beverages.

Zimbabwe Traditional Dance Association finance and marketing executive Nyadzisai Mirisawu, who is also the acting director of the organisation, was delighted by the quality of the
51st edition of the dance festival.

“All the participating groups gave good performances. Everything went according to schedule and we are very happy about that,” she said.

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