Simunye Simunye denied visas to UK

BULAWAYO-BASED arts group, Simunye Simunye, was recently denied visas to the United Kingdom (UK) where they were set to perform.
The Tshabalala-based outfit was set to perform at the Edinburgh International festival which is set to kick off from 8-31 August.

According to an impeccable source the troupe was denied visas to enable them to travel for their tour as they intended to go with wives of members of Umdumo Wesizwe who stayed behind during a tour last year.

The ladies are said to have joined Simunye Simunye.
a�?The reason behind them not being granted the visas was that they wanted to take along with them wives of the members of Umdumo Wesizwe who disappeared during their European tour last year,a�? said the source.

Contacted for comment group co-ordinator Larryngton Mudare said the issue was not for public consumption.

a�?We dona��t want that story to come out in the paper. There is nothing more I can say about that issue,a�? he said.

The group, which is one of the longest surviving arts groups in the country, has embarked on a number of regional tours. It boasts of more than a decade in the showbiz scene. Simunye Simunye has also worked hand in glove with Victory Siyanqoba.

The Edinburgh International Festival has been connecting audiences and artistes for over 60 years. Founded in 1947, the Festival grew out of the rubble of the Second World War with the aim of providing a platform for the flowering of the human spirit by inviting the worlda��s best artistes and companies to perform, whatever their nationality.

This belief in the power of the arts to nurture and transform lies at the heart of the festivala��s mission today.