16 May 2017
THE 54th edition of the Chibuku Neshamwari Dance Festival kicked off last Friday with the Goromonzi Arts dance group ruling the roost in Mashonaland East.
The group will represent the province at the national finals set for Bulawayo’s White City Stadium on August 5.
Zevezeve Arts and Makarekare Dance group came first and second at an event dominated by Jerusarema Mbende dances.
The annual event, which celebrates Zimbabwe’s diverse culture and heritage, sees 10 groups from the country’s 10 provinces vying for honours.
Organisers are hosting a series of provincial finals around the country with Mashonaland Central and Harare groups set for next on May 27 and June 3 respectively.
In an interview, Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association finance and marketing executive Nyadzai Mirisawu said the competitions have began well.
“We have everything set for this year’s edition of the traditional dance festival and our kick off in Murewa last week was a success.
“Last Friday, we witnessed one of the highest levels of competitiveness from participants and this is a sign that this year’s competition will be better and exciting.
“As always, we are sticking to participants who are above the age of 18 as per request by our Delta sponsors,” she said
“All interested traditional dance groups have to visit their nearest Delta Beverages centre nationwide to collect an entry form, fill in their group’s details and drop off the form at there.
“Groups that have been selected for participation will then be contacted by the National Arts Council.”
This year’s winner will walk away with US$7 000 with the second and third place winners pocketing US$5000 and US$3000 respectively.
The festival which is jointly organised by the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association and the National Arts Council is proudly sponsored by Delta Beverages’ Chibuku Brand.
Chibuku Neshamari will be going to Matabeleland South on June 10, Mashonaland West 17 June, Masvingo June 24, Midlands July 1, Bulawayo 8 July, Manicaland July 15 and Matabeleland North July 22.