HOW MINE-BASED groups dominated this year’s Matabeleland South provincial finals of the Chibuku Neshamwari traditional dance festival that was held at the border town of Beitbridge on Saturday.
How Mine Chimkaro earned themselves a ticket to the national final, pocketing prize money of $500 in the process. Gure Wamkure landed the second position and received $300.
Manana settled for position three, leaving the venue with $200. The groups put up spirited performances that saw the jam packed audience cheering them up time and again. The event that started at midday saw the cultural entertainment starved patrons calling for the event to be held at the same venue next year.
Percy Vela, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe provincial officer for Matabeleland South applauded the groups and the Beitbridge community for supporting the event. He said the dance competition was meant to protect and preserve various traditional dances that are found in the country.
“As National Arts Council of Zimbabwe, we are happy that Beitbridge fun lovers came in their numbers to support this initiative as we are trying to preserve traditional dances that are found in various parts of the country,” Vela said. How Mine Chimkaro put up a superb performance that was well coordinated with traditional drums.
The group comprising women left the audience spellbound as they performed various waist wriggling dances accompanied by silky moves that were a marvel to watch.
Vela said this year they were confident Matabeleland South would do wonders at the big stage in Harare because provincial winners exhibited high levels of energy that they had failed to display over the past years.
The event is sponsored by Delta Beverages and is organised by the Zimbabwe Traditional Dance Association in collaboration with National Arts Council of Zimbabwe.