BY PRESTIGE MUNTANGA
SUNGURA Masters Dance Crew leader Masotha Nzou has said he intends to open sungura dance schools locally and in South Africa to teach the popular craft.
Masotha told NewsDay Life & Style that the desire to open the school was born out of the realisation that some groups did not appreciate sungura dancers, which resulted in some challenges.
“The reason we choose this genre (sungura) is because other dance groups don’t really understand this concept in terms of dance and lyrics. So as Sungura Masters, we came up with our own different style, that is why we are also opening a school specifically for sungura,” he said.
“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic regulations, we are yet to confirm the exact dates as to when the school will be opened here in Zimbabwe, but if things go well by mid-June, our base in South Africa would have been opened.”
Masotha said they were determined to work hard to preserve the legacy of some of the country’s sungura legends who have inspired them.
“Ever since we started this journey, we realised some other groups were dancing to the same contemporary traditional dances, and we decided to adopt a new style from our great sungura legends such as Alick Macheso and Tongai Moyo, among others,” he said.
“We have worked with big brands such as Martin Sibanda, Ndolwane Super Sounds and Nicholas Zakaria, that is why we are a powerhouse in sungura dance groups and we will continue working hard.”
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