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Authentic cultural village mooted

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Multi Media artist, Tendai Cambalame, will next month officially open the Zvamarenge Village Arts, Crafts, Cultural and Conservation Site which is currently under construction in Domboshava.

Run by Cambalame and his friends, Reny Chisvipa and Michael Mandaza, the site will be a cultural homestead that hosts several cultural activities to remind people of their original African roots.

The site will run under the theme The Road to my Roots.

Cambalame, who is the project’s executive director, said it would be a place for people to view various cultural artefacts, including old huts and utensils that were used by our ancestors.

He said there would also be a restaurant where strictly traditional dishes would be served.

He said during weekends, local mbira artistes would be given the platform to showcase their talents.

“There will be a lot of activities, which are all centred on uplifting our cultural heritage, including poetry as well so that various poets will have a platform to compose and present their culture-based poems,” he said.

Cambalame said they would also host art exhibitions at least four times every month in which cultural pieces would be displayed and sold.

He said the visitors would get the opportunity to be taken for a tour around the relaxing outdoor area which is completely natural.

He said they were hoping to eventually turn the place into an established World Heritage site that would identify and market artistic talent along cultural lines.

“I believe the new generations have gone astray and forgotten about culture thus we will try to get people back on track as it is an integral part of our heritage,” said Cambalame.

He said they were currently sponsoring the project through their own pockets and were hoping that the corporate world would assist in helping them promote the uplifting of the African culture.

He said that so far the preparations were in order and they were completing the building of some of the unfinished huts.

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