HARARE – Today it will be the turn of Masvingo to host the 2017 provincial finals of the annual Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival.
Over 10 groups will converge at Farai Beerhall in the historic town of Masvingo to slug it out for the provincial crown won by Dzimbabwe Traditional Dance at Huruyadzo Bar in Chivi on June 2 last year.
Dzimbabwe Traditional Dance, however, failed to shine at the national finals that were hosted by Bulawayo last year.
The group that will win the contest at Farai Beerhall will walk away with $300 with number two pocketing $200.The group which will come third will take home $150.
The winning dance group will also earn the right to represent Masvingo at the national finals scheduled for Bulawayo’s White City stadium on August 5 where it will compete against nine other provincial champions.
Other provincial champions that have already confirmed their participation at the national finals are Goromonzi Arts (Mashonaland East), Chinyakare Traditional Dance Group (Mashonaland Central), Mufakose- based Culture Warrior (Harare), How Mine Chioda (Matabeleland South) and Budiriro Cultural Arts (Mashonaland West).
Last year Redwing Beni Arinoti from Manicaland- three-time winners of the contest-won the prestigious the annual ChibukuNeshamwari Traditional Dance Festival finals held in the City of Kings.
The 18-member Penhalonga-based dance group, which won the same competition in 1996 and 2007, took the first prize of $7 000 with Bulawayo’s Sekunjalo MaAfrica pocketing $5 000 after claiming second position. Harare-based Maramuro Agure landed third position and $3000 in prize money.
Founded in 1963, Chibuku Neshamwari is sponsored by Delta Beverages through their Chibuku brand and co-ordinated by National Arts Council of Zimbabwe in partnership with Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association.