28 May 2018
Popular traditional dance competition, Chibuku Neshamwari, will be heading to Mutare for this year’s finals slated for Manicaland Showgrounds on August 4.
Previous three editions of the finals were hosted at Bulawayo’s White City Stadium and this year, organisers have opted for the eastern highlands capital as they celebrate 55 years of exploring local traditional dances.
Provincial legs are set to kick off on Saturday June 2 in Marondera at Tandarai Bar and Centenary’s Club Changaz.
Harare groups will be battling for a spot at the finals on June 9 at Mbare’s Pfumojena Beerhall.
The competition is also expected to head to Gwanda and Chegutu on June 16 before proceeding to Chiredzi on June 23.
Manicaland and Bulawayo will follow on July 7 before the preliminaries are wrapped up in Gokwe and Hwange on July 21 and 28 respectively.
Last year, the competition was won by Bulawayo outfit Ezemnyama who shrugged off competition from 10 other contestants.
Harare’s Culture Warriors and How Mine’s Chihoda were first and second runners up.
Speaking to H-Metro, Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers Association director Kennedy Kachukura confirmed their state of preparedness.
“We are up for another exciting edition of the Chibuku Neshwamwari dance competitions throughout the country.
“Our teams are already in position and like always we have set up a team of expert adjudicators who will identify our next top group,” he said.
Delta Corporation corporate affairs executive Patricia Murambinda said they are set to celebrate the 55-year partnership.
“It’s been a wonderful journey partnering with NACZ and ZNTDA in promoting local traditional dances and cultures.
“This year marks 55 years of the dance competition and as a Delta Corporation we are proud to associate with each winner every year.
“We have produced quality ambassadors and are mandated to continue supporting local traditional dance groups,” she said.
The annual traditional dance showcase is run by Delta Beverages through their Chibuku brand, together with partners National Arts Council of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Traditional Dance Association.