SIX Victoria Falls groups on Saturday night staged scintillating performances to welcome more than 200 local and international delegates attending the ongoing 9th edition of the Routes Africa conference at the resort town.
The groups, which included Makishi, Nyau, Marimba, Chicken Bus Band, Shangani Dance Group and the award-winning poet Obert Dube, performed at the welcome party held at Chipala Cultural Experience.
Routes brings together executives from leading airports, airlines, tourism authorities, policymakers and the aviation industry, kicked off on Sunday.
Makishi danced Zambian, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi traditional dances which kept the audience alive.
Dube welcomed the guests by reciting some of his poems including Welcome to Zimbabwe, We are one and UMzilikazi.
Speaking to the Southern Eye Lifestyle, Nicholas Marco the coordinator of Makishi, Nyau and Shangani dance groups said they entertained guests and were taking the opportunity to market themselves.
“This is to showcase our talents to the outside world and show them what we as Zimbabweans are capable of,” he said.
The Makishi dance group has been to France, the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Ireland showcasing their traditional dances.
The group, which consists of 15 members — five on drums, four singing women and six masked dancers — is billed to perform alongside celebrated Zimbabwean music icon Oliver Mtukudzi at a gala later this year.