Arts & Culture

Mucheke hosts Chibuku NeShamwari finals

MILLICENT HUNGWE

MASVINGO – The Chibuku NeShamwari Traditional Dance Festival has once again proven to be a showcase of Zimbabwe’s rich cultural heritage.

The national finals of this year’s edition will take place at Masvingo traditional home of football, the iconic Mucheke Stadium on July 27, starting from 11 am.

The Midweek Watch confirmed that last year’s edition was a resounding success, with Sekunjalo MaAfrica emerging victorious and taking home a cool US$15 000.

Yarira Ngoma Arts secured second prize of US$10 000, while the Makarekare group earned US$7 500 for their third-place finish.

This is the 61st edition of the Chibuku NeShamwari dance festival, which is sponsored by Delta Corporation in collaboration with the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) and the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association (ZNTDA).

Ten groups from each province will compete in the national finals and these are Mash East Nyaungwe Dance Group Mbende, Mat South Bolamba Setapa, Mat North Pezhuba Pachena Nsumbuke Dance, Mash Central Dzimbahwe Nengoma Chinyambera, Harare Culture Warriors Dinhe, Masvingo Gango Mbakumba, Midlands Mkango Malawi Nyau, Manicaland Dapuraunanzva Arts Ensemble Mbakumba, Mash West Budiriro Arts Mhande.

The Bulawayo finals will be held on July 13 this weekend at Phekiwe Bar.

 The festival will also feature performances by some of the country’s top artists, including Jah Prazah, Tocky Vibes, and Killer T.

The festival’s theme for this year is “Tamba Tione! Gida Sibone!” and the national final prizes will be US$15,000 for the first prize, US$10,000 for the second prize, and US$7,500 for the third prize.

Mat North provincial winners Pezhuba Pachena from Hwange (Nsumbule Dance genre).

The Chibuku NeShamwari Traditional Dance Festival is a free concert.

Delta Corporation is involved, through its principal subsidiary Delta Beverages, in the brewing of lager and traditional beer and the bottling of soft drinks under license from the Coca Cola Company.

 It operates one of the largest distribution network of depots and delivery fleets in Zimbabwe. It has recently bought UNB, SA, a traditional beer company. The Company has a significant interest in Schweppes Zimbabwe which manufactures still and juice drinks under the Coca-Cola franchise.

 Delta Beverages is the country’s leading brewer with more than 15 beer brands and some 4,000+ employees across the country.

 The group’s portfolio includes Castle, Carling Black Label, Chibuku, Chibuku Super, Castle Lite, Redd’s and Castle Milk Stout as well as leading local brands such as Golden Pilsener and Zambezi.

 Its associate entity African Distillers is the leading producer of wines, spirits and ciders. It is the majority shareholder in Natbrew Plc, the LuSE listed traditional beer business in Zambia. Delta Corporation is an associate of AB InBev, the world’s largest beer company.

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