Hurricanz launches HIV Aids campaign

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BULAWAYO-based dance group Hurricanz Dance Crew is in the process of finalising a deal with the National Aids Council (NAC) to conduct HIV and Aids awareness campaigns in schools through dance.

SHARON SIBINDI
OWN CORRESPONDENT

The dance crew from the high density suburb of Barbourfields represented Zimbabwe in the 2014 “Street Battle Africa” competition held in neighbouring Botswana.

The group said the “Step up to HIV” edutainment tours lined up in local high schools were part of its goodwill tours.

Hurricanz Dance Crew
Hurricanz Dance Crew

Speaking to Southern Eye Lifestyle, the group’s Terrence Nyathi, aka Chizboi, said they expected the deal to be finalised soon.

“We will be finalising with NAC so the group can go to every Bulawayo high school to teach students about the dangers of HIV and Aids. This will be done through music, dance and drama,” Nyathi said.

“We realised that since winning the ‘Street Battle Africa’ and having a song that has gone viral internationally has boosted us and it is time to give back to the community. NAC liked our proposal and said they were planning the same programme too, and said a dance crew was perfect for such a campaign.”

The campaign would only be for one school term and Nyathi hoped it would be expanded to make it national.

Nyathi said they would perform kwaito, hip-hop and traditional dances with a message about the pandemic.

“We will include drama and poems. The campaign will start as soon as we get the programme and we will be visiting one school per week,” he said.

The Hurricanz Dance Crew, which was formed in 2010, also includes Gift Sendamai, aka Dash, and Gareth Msimango, aka Zayn.

The group has previously performed at the Miss Bulawayo and Miss Heritage Zimbabwe pageants as well as at some of the city’s joints.