Dhuma-tasangana dance to victory

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MUTARE traditional dance group Dhuma-tasangana clinched this year’s Manicaland Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival championship in Chipinge on Saturday.

BY KENNETH NYANGANI

They will now represent the province at the national finals that will be staged in Bulawayo on July 18.

For their efforts, they went home with $500 while first runners-up Chiwaraidze dancing group from Chipinge pocketed $300.

Chipinge proved to be the catchment area of traditional dance in the province after newcomers Charurwa went home with
$200.

Out of the 10 groups that fought for top honours this year, seven were seasoned campaigners while three were rookies.

In an interview with NewsDay yesterday, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe provincial manager Jonah Muchayi said
most groups this year demonstrated maturity in their performances.

“We had a good day on Saturday in Chipinge. The level of competition was very high and I’m happy that most of the groups demonstrated maturity and the quality of performance has improved,” he said.

“I am happy for the winners because since 2011 they have been participating in this event and they didn’t show any signs of frustration just like other groups.

“They kept on working hard and it finally paid off for them. I am very confident that they are going to raise the
flag of the province very high at the national finals.

I would like to thank all other groups for making the event a success.”

The festival is organised by Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers’ Association while NACZ are the facilitators and Delta Beverages are the sponsors.