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‘Byo white community feels discriminated’

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THE white community has protested that it is being side-lined in important national events such as Africa Day celebrations.

NONHLANHLA SIBANDA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

This was revealed by dancer Danielle Delport at the Bulawayo World Music and Dance Concert on Saturday.

The dance concert was held under the theme “Relinking Communities through Culture” and only 10 white people attended the event.

Delport complained that organisers of the event had failed to market the event as the white community was left out of Africa Day celebrations.

“I believe I am African and I would also like to celebrate this day as a dancer, but these events never get to our ears,” she said.

“The organisers must advertise on Facebook not only to the black community but also to the white community.

“The organisers can share the message about the event to one white person and that person will share with their friends and that will result in more people coming to these shows.” When asked to comment, one of the concert organisers Butshilo Nleya said they did discriminate against anyone when organising such events.

“The events are publicised in newspapers. I have never discriminated. I have worked with the Academy of Music and the Dance Academy in the past and I believe as organisers we tried our best,” Nleya added.

“The Bulawayo World Music Dance Concert can prove that. We had different acts that appeal to different types of people.

“We had Allaina, a coloured girl who performed pop music. Eve sang rhythm and blues inspired by American artistes and the drummers brought a traditional feel.

“I think it will be shallow to say that we discriminate against the white community because at times we organise ballet shows,” Nleya said.

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