BULAWAYO – Matshinge Primary School from Bulilima district, Matabeleland South, on Friday landed the first position in the Jikinya Traditional Dance Festival held at Mbalabala Primary School.
Sihlengeni Primary School from Mzingwane district came second while Sabiwa Primary School of Gwanda North settled for third position.
In the choral music category Sihlengeni came first followed by Allen Redfield Primary School from Mangwe district, with Beitbridge Mission coming third.
A total of eight districts took part in the competition, with each district represented by one school.
Mbalabala Primary School hall reverberated with the sound of the African drum, singing and clapping when the children took to the stage, urged on by a capacity crowd that had to endure sweltering temperatures in Matabeleland South throughout the day.
The competition was held under the theme: “Expressing the Zimbabwean Culture through Dance”.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe deputy director Nicholas Moyo, who attended the event, called on heads of schools to ensure that arts and culture were given prominence in the schools’ curricula.
“Headmasters should not let arts disciplines be confined to the third term only. Let those clubs operate throughout the year,” Moyo said.
Moyo said Matabeleland South Province had proved to be outstanding in organising arts events.
“In all the 10 provinces last year, this province came out top in community involvement and stakeholder participation.”
National finals will be held this Saturday at the Large City Hall in Bulawayo.