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Dzonzai to hosts Chibuku Neshamwari provincial finals

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Dzonzai to hosts Chibuku Neshamwari provincial finals

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Fungayi Munyoro-Chingaira
CHIPINGE TIMES REPORTER


CHIPINGE-Dzonzai Bar is this Saturday hosting the provincial competition of the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance festival.
National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Manicaland provincial manager Caroline Makoni said all is set for the competition.
Chibuku Neshamwari is sponsored by Delta Corporation through its Chibuku brand and organized by Zimbabwe National Arts Council (NAC) and Zimbabwe National Traditional Dances Association (ZNTDA). The festival has been running since 1963.
“All is set for the provincial finals on July 8, 2023, at Dzonzai Beer hall. A total of 10 dance groups will battle it out at the provincial finals. Winners will pocket US$2 500, second prize is US$ 1 500 and the third prize is US$1 000,”she said.
This years’ edition marks the competition’s sixtieth anniversary and is running under the theme; Bira Remadhanzi, 60 Years Sithokozisa Ngezomgido!
Groups that will battle it out for US$2 500 prize money and a ticket to the national competitions are Black Arrows from Nyanga (Mhande dance), Chivaraidze from Chipinge prisons (Muchongoyo), Dhumatasangana from Mutare, (Jerusarema mbende), Charurwa from Mutare (Muchongoyo), Marymount College from Mutare (Mhongo dance), Watyemhembwe from Buhera ( Jaka ), Makoni dance group from Makoni (Jaka), Mbiriyakare from Mutasa (Mangoni dance), Redwing Beni Arinote from Mutasa (Beni arinote) and Gure wamkulu from Mutasa ( Zambia gure dance).
The country’s biggest traditional dance festival was launched in 1957 and the first edition was held at Mai Musodzi Hall in Mbare, Harare. Mutare based group, Dapurahunanzva won the 2022 national festival.
This year’s national winners will walk away with US$15 000, second placed US$10 000 and third placed US$7 500.
Makoni said she is expecting a better and improved festival.
“We envisage a marked improvement in the competition compared to previous editions. Many heavyweights will be participating in the competition. May the best dance group win,” she said.
The two remaining provincial competitions are for Matebeleland South which will be held on July 8, 2023, at Malaxo Beerhall, Beitbridge and Harare on July 15, 2023, at Makomo Bar, Epworth .

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