Makarekare wins Chibuku Neshamwari

BULAWAYO - Mashonaland East’s Makarekare Traditional Dance Troop outclassed nine other provincial champions at White City Stadium on Saturday to emerge as the winners of the annual Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Competition.

Makarekare’s victory in the 52nd edition of the contest — the second one by a group from Mashonaland East in the last two years — saw them claim the $4 000 first prize. Last year, Mbira Dzepasi from the same province landed the top prize of the traditional dance competition sponsored by Delta Corporation through its Chibuku brand.

In a dominant display by traditional dance groups from Mashonaland, Chinyakare Dance Group from Mashonaland Central who showcased the dinhe dance took the second position while Budiriro Dance Group from Mashonaland West who performed the chinyambera dance came third. For coming second Chinyakare walked away with $3 000 while Budiriro pocketed $2 000.

Makarekare Traditional Dance Troop’s Willard Muchapondwa described their victory after performing the mbende dance “as a miracle.”

“I cannot believe this. Our group was formed last year and this year was our first time to take part in the competition. This victory was a big and pleasant surprise to the group,” said the 39-year-old Muchapondwa.

The other cultural groups that competed in the contest that was held in Bulawayo for the first time were: Jahunda Com Arts from Matabeleland South ( umchongoyo), Masvingo’s Gango (mbende), Midlands’ Wundi Zambia (nyawo), Shingayi from Harare (Chinyambera), Umkhankaso   Wamajaya from Matabeleland North (umchongoyo), Manicaland’s Dhumatasangana (mbende) and Zimnyama from Bulawayo (umchongoyo).

Chibuku Neshamwari is organised by the Zimbabwe Traditional Dance Association in association with National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.

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