UK-Zim schools exchange music, dance

A Zimbabwe imbube music and dance ensemble Umdumo Wesiswe is looking to twin local schools with those in the United Kingdom in an exchange programme that will see local pupils benefiting.

We have approached a number of schools in the UK and they have indicated their willingness to donate thousands of textbooks. We are looking forward to distributing the textbooks among Zimbabwean schools, but the problem we are facing is on how to bring the books here, said the groups lead vocalist and director, Mqoqi Nkomo.

Umdumo Wesiswe
Umdumo Wesiswe

To set the ball rolling, we have twinned Mabhukudwana Primary School in Nkulumane with Briggs Primary School in UK. People in the UK are willing to assist Zimbabweans. They are attracted by our culture as evidenced by their passionate participation when we teach them our songs during various workshops, explained Nkomo.

The group has engaged the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture on how they could formalise the engagement. It also plans to tour Zimbabwe to popularise its music.

When you talk of imbube music, many people are unaware of it and the youths perceive that it is old fashioned. Our style incorporates different sounds such as Kwaito and RnB. The only difference is that we do not use instruments, Nkomo said.

The group was formed in 1994 and it has released two albums Oo and Nqiqo. Tony Saxon

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