Chibuku dance competition comes to Bulawayo

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ALL roads this Saturday lead to Manor Hotel for the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival.

Report by Luyanduhlobo Makwati

Ten groups from across the city will show what they know best, as they battle for supremacy.

The winner of the day will receive prize money and will earn themselves a sole ticket to represent the province at national level, in an event that will be held in Harare on August 31.

Bulawayo provincial arts officer William Nyandoro said they were ready for Saturday, as all systems were in place.

“As a province we are ready for the competition and we believe our artistes have prepared enough for the contest and they will perform up to the expected standard,” he said.

Nyandoro said winners, of last year’s campaign, Imvimbi Arts, will provide entertainment and they will perform as the guest group.

The festival, which has been running for the past three weeks, started in Matabeleland South where How Mine-based group, Chihoda, won the provincial competition and Umkhankaso Wamajaha were the winners in Matabeleland North.

Delta Beverages sponsors the competition, organised by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in collaboration with the Zimbabwe Traditional Dance Association,
The major thrust of this festival is to promote different cultural dances that are found in Zimbabwe.

The competition also aims to promote different cultures through dance, so that various ethnic groups do not lose their values since there is too much acculturation.

Some of the groups that will take part in the weekend competition are Umkhathi Theatre Works, Lilizela Dance Group, Hloseni Arts, Ingwenyama Arts, Chisemwa Chaluvale and Sekunjalo ma-Afrika among others.