Batsiranai Traditional Dance Group are this years winners of the Harare provincial finals of the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival.
The group came first at the tightly contested provincial final held at Zimunhu Bar in Epworth on Saturday, to win the sole ticket to represent Harare Province at the national finals.
The national finals of the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival are slated for September in the capital at the Harare Gardens.
Batsiranai Traditional Dance Group, based in Mufakose shrugged off competition from 10 other contesting groups to emerge victors.
The group performed the traditional dinhe dance. The group walked away $500 richer as well as having $100 participation fees, which was also given to other groups that took part in the contest.
Nyau dancers were outstanding at the finals as two groups performing the Nyau dance were on second and third position respectively.
Chitukuko Zambia Nyau from Mt Hampden came second, walking away with a prize money of $300, while Lilongwe (II) from Dzivarasekwa was on third position and received $200.
Last years winners of the Harare provincial finals, Villa 1 Nyau club from Mbare preformed as the guest group.
Marketing and publicity manager of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers Association, which manages the event, Nyadzisai Mirisau, expressed satisfaction with the level of attendance at the Harare provincial finals.
She said: The attendance by traditional dance groups was overwhelming and there was very good competition.
However, I would like to call upon other traditional dance groups to join the competition so that traditional dance is recognised more in the country. We also thank our partners, Delta Bverages and the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe for their continued support.
Meanwhile, there was stiff competition at the Chibuku Road to Fame Manicaland provincial finals, eventually won by Mutare-based group King Star Orchestra in the Eastern border city on Saturday.
The five-member outfit will represent the province at the national finals.
For their effort King Star Orchestra received $1 000. Talent Falls received $500 for coming second and Best Boys received $300 for coming third.
The event saw 10 groups from around Manicaland participating before a large crowd at Chikanga Beer Hall. King Star Orchestra band leader Zephania Karidza said he was very happy for the achievement and was looking forward for the national finals.
It was a tough competition because all groups were looking forward for the top position. I am very happy for winning this prize. We have been practising very hard, said Karidza.
We will continue to work very hard for the national finals. I would also like to thank people who have been supporting us since we started our group.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Manicaland manager Jonah Muchayi said groups in the province have improved.
I think for this year groups have improved a lot and we are hoping for better things in the coming years.