Chembira Primary School from Harare are the winners of this year’s edition of the Jikinya Dance Festival and walked away $1 500 richer.
Winning the festival’s ninth edition also saw them walking away with additional prizes of a shield and the best coach prize of $50 and a hamper last week.
The Zimbo Jam reports that 10 primary schools representing the country’s 10 provinces fought it out in different cultural styles and foot works at the 7 Arts Theatre.
Mashonaland Central’s Chifamba Primary School came second and went home with $1000 and a shield.
They were the dancers of the day, having swooped three other prizes, the Best Costume, Most Harmonious Group and Best Drummer which was scooped by Clemence Kamuchanya from the same school.
Third placed was Matshinge Primary School from Matabeleland South, who won $500 and a small shield. Midlands champions, Matenda Primary School, came fourth to win $300.
A pupil from Machinge also won the Best Boy Dancer prize of $30 plus a T-shirt, cap, and a bag, courtesy of Delta.
The Best Girl Dancer went to a pupil from Ndlovu Primary School.
Apart from these top four prizes, all the ten participating schools were each given $200 as participation fee and a hamper courtesy of Eversharp and Delta Corporation, the main sponsors of the Festival.
In his keynote address Canaan Dube, Chairperson of the Delta Corporation Board of Directors, said the 2010 theme blended very well with the objective of the festival.
“As Delta Corporation we are proud to be involved in the shaping of a future that is proudly Zimbabwean,” he said.
In a speech read on her behalf by Naran Kala, the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe board chairperson, Thokozile Chitepo, noted the main achievement of the Jikinya Dance Festival over the past years and commended the organisers for protecting the country’s cultural masterpieces such as dance.
The event was graced by Harare mayor Muchadeyi Masunda, representatives of various embassies, the Ministry of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture, and arts organisations.
The Jikinya Dance Festival started in 2002 and aims to promote traditional dances among young Zimbabweans at primary school level. The dances included mbakumba, mbende/jerusarema, isitshikisha and mhande.