Goromonzi Arts wins Chibuku dance contest

HARARE - Mbende-Jerusarema dance group, Goromonzi Arts emerged victorious in the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival Mashonaland East finals held in Murewa on Saturday.

For coming first the Goromonzi-based group walked away with $300 in addition to qualifying for the national finals to be hosted by Bulawayo on August 5.

Murewa-based cultural groups, Zevezeve and Makarekare, who are also into Jerusarema-mbende, came home second and third respectively. Zevezeve pocketed $200 with Makarekare going back home $150 richer.

Other groups which participated in the Mashonaland East provincial contest were Svinurai (Mutoko) which showcased jiti, Murewa Prison and Shingirirai Jerusarema from the host district who performed Jerusarema and another Murehwa-based group called Dandemutande which who performed Chidzimba.

Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association president Kennedy Kachuruka was happy with the way the Mashonaland East provincial finals panned out.

“Other groups failed to make it to the event due to logistical challenges but the event went well and according to plan,” said Kachuruka.

On May 27, Mashonaland Central Province will host its provincial finals in Glendale at Club 007.

“We are not having the Chibuku Neshamwari this Saturday to pave way for the Culture Week celebrations,” Kachuruka said.

The Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival, which has been running since 1963, is a tripartite partnership involving the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and Delta Beverages.

According to an advertisement placed in the media by Delta Beverages recently, the winners of the national finals will pocket $7 000 with position number two winning $5 000 while the third-placed one will take home $3 000. Last year, the competition, held at White City Stadium in Bulawayo, was won by three-time winners of the contest, Redwing Beni Arinoti, from Manicaland. The 18-member Penhalonga-based dance group, which won the same competition in 1996 and 2007, took the first prize of $7 000 with Bulawayo’s Sekunjalo MaAfrica pocketing $5 000 after claiming second position.

Harare-based Maramuro Agure landed third position and $3 000 in prize money. Last year’s national contest was dominated by Nyau, Chimtali and Beni Arinoti dance groups which contributed eight of the 10 contestants. The only exceptions were Bulawayo’s Sekunjalo MaAfrica who showcased Umzansi dance and Dzimbabwe T. D from Masvingo who performed Majukwa. Jerusarema Mbende dance, that was proclaimed a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage for Humanity by Unesco in 2005, was conspicuous by its absence at the 2016 Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival finals.

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