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Shingai Dance Group shines at Chibuku Traditional Dance Festivals
Community Radio Harare
September 15, 2009
Dance Group shined as it came second at the captivating Chibuku
Traditional Dance Festival national finals held in the Harare Gardens
over the weekend.
The youthful group's
leader, Musa Lejala said they were excited by the win as this was
going to inspire other youths especially in high density areas that
they could earn a decent living through traditional dance. "Our
victory will certainly inspire other youths in Harare's high
density suburbs to form traditional dance groups that can also take
part in some of these competitions and get money to fend for their
families. This cultural dance also helps the youth to preserve our
cultural virtues that are an important heritage and identity of
our country. We decided to be traditional dancers because we realize
that there is no one else who can help us conserve our culture and
if we don't do it, our cultural heritage will go down the
Lejala also commended
the festival's sponsor, Delta Beverages, for bankrolling the
competition saying this was helping a long way in publicizing traditional
dance which seem to have been neglected by most artists who are
now preferring modern music and dance.
Dance Association (ZTDA) president, Kennedy Kachuruka, praised Delta
Beverages and urged the business community to also promote the arts
industry as it is a crucial element of our society.
This year's event
saw ten groups representing all the country's ten provinces
battling it out and Rarira Dendera Jerusarema of Mashonaland East
came first and walked away with US$3000, followed by Shingai who
had US$2000 while Amahlosi Ensemble based in Victoria Falls clinched
the third prize of US$1000. The other participants were; Chihwerure
Dance Group, Pasichigare Kandodo, Hwange Traditional Dance Group,
Thandanani, How Mine Nyau, Nguvayakaoma and Villa 1 Nyau.
The Chibuku Traditional
Dance Festival is an annual event that starts at provincial levels
where groups battle it out and the group that wins at this level
will then represent that province at the finals that are traditionally
held in Harare.
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