HARARE – Centenary-based Nyau cultural group, Kalawe Nyau, booked themselves a place to compete in the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance national finals scheduled for Bulawayo after emerging as winners of Mashonaland Central Province on Saturday.
Kalawe Nyau club showcased Zambia nyau dance to clinch the first prize of $500 ahead of other eight groups at a colourful event held at Changaz Bar in Centenary, while the second-placed Swerengoma walked away with $300.
Bindura’s Trojan won the third prize of $200.
“I am extremely happy to be the champions of the Mashonaland Central Province considering that we have been participating in this competition for the past four years but to no avail.
“We remained focused as we knew our time would come, now we are optimistic that we are going to win national competition in Bulawayo next month,” said the Kalawe Nyau club director Zacharia Five.
The national Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance finals are pencilled for July 30 at White City Stadium in Bulawayo.
Last year winners of Mashonaland Central Province Chinyakare Cultural Warriors performed at the Saturday event as guest group.
So far, only two provinces — Harare, where Maramuro won and Mashonaland Central, (Kalawe Nyau) have conducted provincials finals.
Last year, Mashonaland East’s Makare Traditional Dance Troop were the winners of the national competition held in Bulawayo and pocketed the first prize of $4 000.
Other groups that competed include Heavy Duty (Jiti), Swere Ngoma (Jerusarema), Trojan Nyau (Zambia Nyau), Nyanza Tengenenge (Mafume), Deox Ford Gure (Zambia Nyau), Umzi Nyau (Zambia Nyau) Kateza (Jiti), Chabvondoka Nyau (Zambia Nyau) and Shamva Beni (Beni).
Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival is a tripartite partnership between sponsors, Delta Beverages, the National Arts Council and the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance
ZNTDA’s Nyadzisayi Mirisawu said the adjudicators had a tough time to come up with the winners as all groups participated well.
“Adjudicators were looking at a number of factors to come up with the winners and these include the group’s stage entrance, age of dancers (no under 18), choreography, coordination among members and stage costumes among others,” she said.