THE date of the annual Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional dance festival finals has been set. The competitiona��s grand finale will take place at Harare Gardens on 23 August.
The festival, which turns 51, is one of the longest running arts programmes in the country, and will come to a head with 10 provincial champions from across Zimbabwe battling it out for the grand prize of $4 000 for the winners with runners up walking away with $3 000 and $2 000 respectively.
a�?We invite the public to come and enjoy the best of traditional dance from across the length and breadth of the country. Chibuku exists to add enjoyment to the lives of our consumers, and we are proud to be working with our partners to do just that,a�? said Delta Beverages marketing executive, Stanley Muchenje.
The Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance festival is a tripartite programme, organised by the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association, the National Arts Council and sponsored by Delta Beverages Chibuku brand.
Launched in 1963, the Chibuku Neshamwari franchise is the single longest running arts sponsorship of its size and reach in the country.
Bulawayoa��s Sekunjalo MaAfrica will be doing the Umzansi Dance,A� Mashonaland West winners Nengoma Cultural Arts groups will be representing their home province with a rendition of the Dinhe dance while Mashonaland Central winners, Swerengoma will be dancing the Mbende Jerusarema.
Mashonaland East winners Ngoma Dzepasi will also be performing the Mbende.A� Harare province winners Chitukuko Nyau and Midlandsa��s winners, Zikuvave will provide crowd entertainment with Zambia Gure, which has previously dominated the competitions due to its colourful costumes and captivating choreography.
Masvingo winners MUSA prison will be dancing the Bira dance, Manicalanda��s Redwing the Group will do the Beni Dance. Last yeara��s winners were from Bulawayo and romped to victory with a Tswana inspired dance, Setapa.
Rounding up the list of performances are Matabeleland winners, Simunye Arts from the North and Chimtali How Mine from the South who will respectively be dancing to Chinyambera and Chimtali.