Two of the country’s most talented hip-hop dance groups, River of Life Xtreme aka Rolx, and Extreme Vision aka EXV will for the first time represent Zimbabwe in the world’s most prestigious hip-hop competition from July 31 to August 6 in Las Vegas, United States.
The two seven-piece groups will be leaving Harare for Las Vegas on July 26 to compete against over 3 000 dancers from 40 different countries worldwide in the World hip-hop Championships.
Rolx and EXV have certainly proved forces to reckon with in the world of Hip-hop dance in Zimbabwe. Since winning Zimbabwe’s Finest Dance Group Competition in April they are the first two groups to represent Zimbabwe in the internationally acclaimed event.
“We are proud to have Rolx and EXV going to raise the Zimbabwean flag high as well as representing Africa together with South Africa.
They will be the only African countries competing against 30 other non-African states,” said Zimbabwe’s Finest Dance Group director, Adonis Muronzi.
He said as Zimbabwe would be the newcomer in the competition the organisers had requested them to bring their national anthem and national flag for the Olympic-style opening.
Zimbabwe has been so far doing very well in Hip-hop circles and last year the country made it to fourth position in the strictly Hip-hop competition that was held in Pretoria and the country’s representatives came back home with one gold and two silver medals. This year four teams have qualified for the competition.
“It’s really sad that a lot of Zimbabweans fail to recognise Hip-hop yet the dancers have actually put the country on the map and it is only fair for them to get their deserved recognition simply because they are talented,” said Muronzi.
He said they had financed their groups on their own because there was no one else to sponsor them and despite such challenges they would do their best to promote hip-hop talent.
Muronzi added that part of their vision was to support young people in bringing out their talents, encouraging them to do something in life despite any past failures and avoiding idleness.
“Most of the dancers did not finish school, but they have their talents to show to the world and Las Vegas will be a dream come true to them and it’s also high time people started seeing dance in a different and positive light like in other countries,” he said.
Rolx has five males and two females, while EXV has six males and one female.