Nyau festival roars to life

HARARE - Pfumbi Nyau festival, being co-organised by the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers Association (ZNTDA) and the National Dance Organisation of Gule and Allies (Ndoga), will take place tomorrow night at Mbare Netball complex in Harare.

Interestingly, tomorrow night’s event, the second edition of the Pfumbi Nyau festival — will feature several upcoming Zimdancehall artistes who include Jah Signal.

Kennedy Kachuruka, who heads both ZNTDA and Ndoga, told the Daily News that Pfumbi Nyau Festival 2016 will focus mainly on the Gule Wamkulu Nyau dancers from Harare and other provinces.

“We are looking forward to hosting over 30 dance groups made up of over 600 dancers. Apart from the dances, members of the public will get a chance to appreciate cultural practices such as the Chinamwari cultural process and the night world of Gule Wamkulu,” said Kachuruka.

He added that the event will also showcase other dance and arts styles which will take place during the night world section.

“Some of the activities that will happen during the night world segment include Swara, Njovu, N’ombe among others and the public is not expected to participate in these activities unless they are accredited to. The night world will take place between 11pm to 3am.”

Kachuruka is hopeful that the event will attract thousands of spectators across the social divide since Pfumbi Nyau Festival 2016 will also feature other popular traditional dances such as Muchongoyo, Jerusarema, Chimtali and Beni Arinoti among others.

“The idea is to promote cultural heritage hence we are planning to move from one province to the other hosting different festivals for example Jerusarema Festival or Muchongoyo Festival among others,” he said.

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