SEKUNJALO Ma-Africa has won the right to represent Bulawayo in the national finals of the Chibuku Neshamwari national dance competition after emerging winners in provincial competitions held on Saturday at a local hotel.
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The national finals would be held in Harare on August 16.
Ten groups took part in the competition running under the theme Akuzwe Ubumnandi Bomculo Wakithi.
Stiff competition saw Ezimnyama Arts, Iluba Lemvelo, Kwabatsha Dance group, Ingwenyama Performing Arts, Iwisa, Sekunjalo Ma-Africa Arts, Woza Africa, Imvimbi Arts, Ziyawa and Khaya Arts battling it out for the right to represent Bulawayo in the national finals.
Imvimbi Arts, Ezimnyama Arts and Sekunjalo Ma-Africa Arts managed to make it to the top three.
Sekunjalo Ma-Africa came first with their scintillating umzansi dance, garnering 227 points.
For its efforts the group won $500 in addition to the ticket to the grand final in Harare.
Ezimnyama Arts came second with their umtshongoyo dance, scoring 219,5 points and pocketing $300.
Imvimbi Arts came third with 209,7 points, taking home $200.
More than 300 people attended the provincial finals.
Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers’ Association president Kennedy Kachuruka said Bulawayo was the third province to host the competition which took off on May 31 in Mashonaland West.
“Bulawayo is the third province to host the competition out of all the 10 provinces and the next stop will be Gweru, Mkoba 6 on June 21.
“This competition started in 1963 and was only held in Harare. We then saw the need to branch off to the other provinces,” he said.