HLOSENI ARTS ENSEMBLE serenaded guests at an event dubbed “Culture Night” on Friday.
The event which started at 8pm saw the group perform in front of a handful of people in a thatched small house decorated in pottery, basketry, textiles, jewellery and carvings.
The group did not disappoint as it belted out several of its traditional tunes, much to the delight of revellers who braved the chilly weather.
Clad in animal skin traditional outfits, the 10-member group took to the stage with its intriguing, energetic dances representing different provinces in Zimbabwe such as Isitshikitsha, hosana, amantshomane, shangara, mutshongoyo and jerusarema.
Guests joined in dance, ululated and whistled. The group did not only dance, but served traditional cuisine consisting of sitshwala, ibhobola, cowpeas, peanuts, dovi and umxhanxa.
Organiser of the event Kundai Hove, said culture nights will be held monthly at Hloseni Arts offices and the group would not be deterred by the poor attendance as this was a new initiative.
“We are not disappointed by the few people who graced this occasion, but we appreciate them for coming. We are hoping that people will come in their numbers next time.
“People will be aware of the diverse cultural traditions in Zimbabwe through our centre. We also want to be the Book Café of Bulawayo, the entertainment hub of Bulawayo,” she said.
Hloseni Arts group researches on Zimbabwe’s cultural dances and tries to explore how Zimbabwean ancestors used to live.
It was formed in 1998 at Vulindlela Youth Centre in Mpopoma, Bulawayo.
It was initiated to help children who could not afford to pay school fees; hence it joined Hloseni so they could be able to fundraise for the school fees.
Currently, Hloseni is the best Marimba band with four National Arts Merit Awards as it is multi-cultural in terms of music and different cultural dances that exist in Zimbabwe.
The group performed at the Durban Festival in 2009 and 2012.