Mash East wins Jikinya Fest

HARARE - Mashonaland East’s St Joseph Primary School are the champions of this year’s edition of Jikinya Dance Festival held in Masvingo on Friday.

Mkhithika Thebe from Bulawayo were second-placed while Manicaland’s Rujeko and Maringire schools from Masvingo were on third and fourth positions respectively.

The winning school pocketed $1 200, a trophy, medals for the participants and also the Hope Sadza excellence award in common dance which came along with an extra $300.

Mkhithika Thebe got $1 000 and a trophy while Rujeko and Maringire walked away with $700 and $500 respectively and medals.

The Masvingo Polytechnic College event is aimed at encouraging primary school children to appreciate and perform Zimbabwean traditional dances. The event meant to promote and preserve the country’s cultural heritage saw schools occupying the bottom five positions walking away with consolation prizes of $150 per school and medals to all participants.

Some of the schools that participated include Chegutu School (Mashonaland West), Jahunda School (Matabeleland South), Rujeko School (Manicaland), Ndlovu School (Matabeleland North), Chembira School (Harare), Matenda School (Midlands) and Chipindura School (Mashonaland Central).

The event ran under the theme ‘‘Empowering Communities through Dance’’ and saw three schools from Matabeleland Province showcase Amantshomane dance. They include Mkhithika Thebe from Bulawayo, Jahunda from Gwanda and Ndlovu from Lupane while Mashonaland East and West performed Chinyambera.

Harare and Masvingo showcased Mhande dance while Manicaland performed Mbakumba.

Midlands performed Dinhe and Mashonaland Central showcased Jerusarema/Mbende and all the dances showcased in Masvingo were a reflection of endless diversity that is found in the different communities of Zimbabwe.

“The theme underscores the importance of communities embracing various Intangible Cultural Heritage elements that are peculiar in their communities. The festival encourages communities to adopt safeguarding measures through dance so that communities appreciate the value of transmitting the skills from generation to generation for posterity.

“Also communities benefitted economically through making and selling costumes, props as well as by training youngsters the dancing techniques. Socially these dances bring communities together in gatherings such as festivals,” said National Arts Council of Zimbabwe communications and marketing officer Cathrine Mthombeni.

Jikinya Dance Festival is a partnership programme between Nacz and National Association of Primary Heads and is sponsored by Delta Corporation.

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