Byo’s Sekunjalo Ma-Africa in Chibuku finals

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Sekunjalo Mama Africa (performing) will represent Bulawayo in the national finals of the Chibuku Neshamwari National Dance competition to be held at White City in Bulawayo on July 30

SEKUNJALO Ma-Africa has won the right to represent Bulawayo in the national finals of the Chibuku Neshamwari National Dance Competition after emerging winners in provincial competitions held on Saturday at Habane beerhall in Esigodini.

BY SHARON SIBINDI

Sekunjalo Mama Africa (performing) will represent Bulawayo in the national finals of the Chibuku Neshamwari National Dance  competition to be held at White City in Bulawayo on July 30
Sekunjalo Mama Africa (performing) will represent Bulawayo in the national finals of the Chibuku Neshamwari National Dance competition to be held at White City in Bulawayo on July 30

The national finals would be held at White City Stadium in Bulawayo on July 30.

Ten groups took part in the competition.

Stiff competition saw Khaya Arts, Imvimbi Arts, Ingwenyama Arts, Woza Africa, Iluba le Mvelo, Abangane, Jaiva Traditional Group, Thandanani Women Ensemble, Sekunjalo Ma-Africa and Bambanani battling it out for the right to represent Bulawayo in the national finals.

Iluba le Mvelo, Thandanani Women Ensemble and Sekunjalo Ma-Africa Arts managed to make it to the top three.

Sekunjalo Ma-Africa came first with their scintillating Umzansi dance, garnering 237,4 points.

For its efforts the group won $500 in addition to the ticket to the grand final in Harare.

Thandanani Women Ensemble came second with their Iwosana dance, scoring 231,9 points and pocketing $300.

Iluba le Mvelo came third with 214,7 points, taking home $200.

The director of Sekunjalo Ma Africa Arnold Ndebele said the group was happy to represent Bulawayo and their uniqueness made them score high.

“We worked hard for this day and we used women to beat the drums, women to carry the shields as a way of promoting gender.

“The group in 2014 once came first in the provincials and failed to score high at the nationals. This time we have worked hard in our weakness and we hope to make it,” he said.

Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers’ Association president Kennedy Kachuruka said the poorly organised event was because of the new set up, as they used to hold such events in a closed hall.

“The correct set up should be of an open air performances and most of our shows are held in beerhalls and as well as original to our African culture, we do such shows in open air,” he said.

Kachuruka said he was happy with the turn out of the artistes in dance groups as there was gender balance.

“We had a full house from three groups that performed Isitshikitsha and Iwosana. The level of performance this time has gone high,” he said.

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