HARARE – Mnare-based traditional group, Malamulo Agure, booked themselves a place to compete in the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance finals scheduled for Bulawayo after emerging as winners of Harare Province on Saturday.
Malamulo Agure performed Malawi Nyau dance to clinch the first prize of $500 ahead of other nine groups at an event held at Warren Bar in Warren Park, while the second-placed Pasingachigare from Glen View walked away with $300.
Kondanani Chimtali from Mufakose won the third prize of $200.
“I am happy, though shocked to be the champions. I was not expecting victory considering that this was our first time to compete in this competition as the group was formed last year,” said Malamulo Agure director Clive Zenda.
The group is now optimistic of winning the national competition pencilled for July 30, 2016 in Bulawayo.
Last year, Mashonaland East’s Makare Traditional Dance Troop were the winners of the national competition held at the White City Stadium in Bulawayo and pocketed the first prize of $4 000.
Other groups that competed on Saturday are Dedza Chitandidzo Gure, Gasani Moto (Zambia Nyau), Landilani Amanyau Zambia, A2 Chimtali, Kubvana Chimtali, Nerwande Mbira, and Madhonza Makuru.
Last year’s Harare Province winners Shingai Dance Troupe performed as a guest group.
Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers Association’s Nyadzisayi Mirisawu said the adjudicators had a tough time to come up with the winners as all groups participated well.
“Some of the areas that adjudicators were looking at to come up with the winners include the group’s stage entrance, age of dancers (no under 18), choreography, coordination among members and stage costumes among others,” she said.
Founded in 1963, Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival is one of the longest running arts sponsorship programmes in the country, and has been at the forefront of keeping the practice and art of traditional dance alive in Zimbabwe.
Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival is a tripartite partnership between sponsors, Delta Beverages, the National Arts Council and the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association.