Mat North group ready for Chibuku Ne­shamwari con­test

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - To­bias Man­doreba in Hwange

MATA­BELE­LAND North Chibuku Ne­shamwari tra­di­tional dance com­pe­ti­tion rep­re­sen­ta­tives – Pezhuba Pachena Cul­tural En­sem­ble are con­fi­dent that they will come out tops at the na­tional fi­nals be­ing held at White City Sta­dium tomorrow.

The 15-mem­ber group from Hwange will be try­ing their luck for the third time af­ter hav­ing con­tested in 2005 and 2009.

Their di­rec­tor Lucky Mun­z­abwa said they had im­proved their act.

“We’re highly con­fi­dent that we’ll come out tops at the fi­nals. We’ve been prac­tis­ing hard as a group. Be­ing am­bas­sadors of our cul­ture in such a big con­test has also given us more zeal and de­sire to win,” Mun­z­abwa said.

Pezhuba Pachena won the ticket to rep­re­sent the Mata­bele­land North prov­ince af­ter clinch­ing the pro­vin­cial con­test in Binga last month.

“The judges at the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tions ac­knowl­edged it was a tough call as all the 10 groups came well pre­pared. It’ll be good to demon­strate that our win in Binga was no fluke,” said Mun­z­abwa.

He said their group was formed in 2005 as an all-male acapella group be­fore the in­cor­po­ra­tion of six fe­males the fol­low­ing year to form the cul­tural en­sem­ble set up.

The am­bi­tious out­fit stands to win a whop­ping $7,000 if they win the fi­nals tomorrow. The sec­ond and third slot win­ners will walk away with $5,000 and $3,000 re­spec­tively.

Other groups tak­ing part in­clude Sekun­jalo Mafrica (Bu­l­awayo), How Mine and Kalawe (Mata­bele­land South), Mara­muro Gure (Harare), Red­wing Mine (Man­i­ca­land), Fix Chang­oma (Mid­lands), Arc­turus (Mashona­land East), Dz­im­babwe (Masvingo) and Tsit­samwana (Mashona­land West).

Last year, Mashona­land East out­fit, Makarekare Dance Troupe were crowned na­tional cham­pi­ons and walked away with $4,000. The group was closely fol­lowed by Chinyakare dance group from Mashona­land Cen­tral who came sec­ond and pock­eted $3,000 while Mashona­land West’s Budiriro Arts came third pock­et­ing $2,000.

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