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Chibuku Neshamwari national final beckons

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Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival reaches its climax this Saturday when Masvingo hosts the last provincial final of the talent search competition.

The event will see 10 groups squaring up at Nyika growth point for a ticket to represent the province at national finals set for September 15 at the Harare Gardens.

Competing groups will showcase various traditional dance routines.

Kamba traditional dance group will present shangara dance, while Horiya Tongogara and Gango Remhande are set to perform the mhande dance.

Also taking part will be Chisa dance group, popularly known for its expertise in the muchongoyo dance, as well as Zvataida and Musa groups that will showcase bira dances.

Chiumbure will perform chinyambera dance, while chitekuteku showcase their chitekuteku dance.

Shangara and ngororombe dances will be part of the festival courtesy of Rufaro and Gangare respectively.

Winner of the provincial competition will walk away $500 richer, while the first runner-up pockets $300 and second runner-up gets $200.

All the participating groups will get $100 each.
Hippo Valley dance group, which represented the province at national finals last year, will feature at the competition as guest performers.

Kennedy Kachuruka, president of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers’ Association, who together with Delta Beverages run the dance festival, said he was happy that the competition had progressed smoothly up until the last round.

“We are happy that the groups are still upholding and promoting our culture,” said Kachuruka.

“It has not been easy to put everything together, but we thank Delta and National Arts Council who have ensured that everything goes according to plan.

“After this last event, we are looking forward to the national finals in September where several groups from all 10 provinces will battle it out for the grand prize,” he said.

The provincial finals which began on June 6 are held every year culminating in the national finals that take place in Harare every September.

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