This year’s competition was sponsored to a tune of US$1000 by Delta under
their popular brand Chibuku.
On the day, each of the 10 groups tried to outplay each other on the stage
but at the end of the festival, Ngoma Dzepasi Dance group, which comprised
of talented youths, emerged winners and walked away with a whooping US$500.
Nyau ensemble Ben Arinoti scooped the second prize while last year’s winners
Rarira Dendera came third.
Others groups which took part in the musical extravaganza include Shingirayi
Jerusarema, Haya, Number One Nyajina, Murehawa centre Jerusarema, Maungira
eJapaJapa, Wasara Wasara and Hard Boys. Each group received a US$50 as
The aim of the festival was to select a group that would represent the
Mashonaland East at the finals scheduled for Harare at a day to be
Mash East Education Director Sylvester Matshaka who was the guest of honor
praised Delta Coperation and National Arts Council (NAC) for sponsoring the
Said Matshaka: “This is a noble idea that is aimed at upholding our cultural
values as a country through tradititional dance and songs. In the education
sector we value the contribution of arts in the development of our economy”.
He also said such type of dancing competition apparently shows us the
deep-rooted attachment that still flows in our arts and culture sector,
adding “We must uphold our tradititional ways of living so as to always link
the past, present and the future”. Ends.Post published in: Uncategorized