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Traditional dance champions crowned


Matjinge Primary School from Matabeleland South Province on Saturday clinched the number one spot at the Jikinya Dance Festival national finals held at the Large City Hall.

All provincial representatives were gathered to battle it out for top honours in the traditional dance competition.

For winning the competition, Matjinge walked away
$1 500 richer.

Chifamba Primary School from Mashonaland Central Province came second and was given $1 000.

On third position was Zimbira Primary School from Mashonaland East Province which bagged $500 while Hlabangulo Primary School settled for fourth position, winning $300.

The annual competition is organised by the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and the National Association of Primary Heads. Delta Beverages sponsor the competition that seeks to encourage schoolchildren to appreciate and perform Zimbabwean traditional dances in an attempt to preserve the country’s cultural heritage.

Schoolchildren performed amabhiza dance as a compulsory routine and they also showcased dances of their choice.

The capacity crowd relished every moment of the competition. They clapped and whistled as talented groups took their turns on stage.

NACZ director Elvis Mari told the gathering his organisation hoped to take the national finals to all parts of the country as evidenced by the fact it was held in Bulawayo for the first time.

“The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe will ensure that arts and culture reach all parts of the country, even to the poorest of our people. Now is the time to showcase our traditional heritage.”

This year’s edition marked the 10th anniversary of the annual dance showcase.

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