Hill­brow Theatre hosts sec­ond Bukalanga Cul­tural Fes­ti­val

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THE Kalanga com­mu­nity in South Africa is set to host the sec­ond edi­tion of the an­nual Bukalanga Cul­tural Fes­ti­val this month with a beauty con­test be­ing the main high­light.

The fes­ti­val that will be held at Hill­brow Theatre in Jo­han­nes­burg on Au­gust 13 will be held un­der the theme: “Our lan­guage, Our Cul­ture, Our Pride”.

Liver­son Habe Mdongo, one of the or­gan­is­ers said the event pro­motes and cel­e­brates the Kalanga lan­guage and cul­ture through a series of vi­brant per­for­mances that in­clude po­etry, tra­di­tional mu­sic and dance in­clud­ing mod­ern gen­res such as rhumba and gospel.

“The Bukalanga will show­case the best in tra­di­tional food, dances, folk­lore, lit­er­a­ture and mu­sic among many other ac­tiv­i­ties to pro­mote our cul­ture,” Mdongo said.

“There’ll be var­i­ous tra­di­tional food­stuffs on show and sale that’ll in­clude ‘ dobi’ (peanut-but­ter), ma­honja (Mopani cater­pil­lars), tji­moni (inkobe) hadza­lezem­b­wge (mil­let pap), lemap­funde (sorghum pap), Nhopi (pump­kin sadza and samp) and ‘Banon’wa’ our home made brew.”

He said they de­cided to have a beauty pageant as a way of en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to em­brace tra­di­tional con­cepts of beauty.

“The Mr and Miss Bukalanga Beauty Pageant is aimed at show­cas­ing unique Kalanga, fash­ion, art and ex­cel­lence.”

En­ter­tain­ment will be pro­vided by Gwa­muka Tra­di­tional Group, Tedzani, Bakalanga Tra­di­tional Group, Ithemba le Nsindiso Gospel Group, Nkedile Su­per Sounds, Pro­gie & Kum­budzi Sounds, Bakalanga and GobaDzan­toloto among oth­ers. Kalanga dances such as­wosana, woso, kwa­yara and mab­hiza will also be show­cased.

Mdongo said they had in­vited a di­verse range of guests in­clud­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tives from other tribes and na­tions that re­late to Bakalanga that in­clude BaVenda, Balobedu, VaShona, amaNde­bele and amaZulu. Cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tions from South Africa, Botswana and Zim­babwe are also ex­pected to at­tend.

The event is or­gan­ised by the Kalanga Lan­guage and Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (KLCDA), who have been at the fore­front of pro­mot­ing the Kalanga cul­ture and lan­guage.

KLCDA has achieved sev­eral mile­stones such as the set­ting up of Ra­dio Bukalanga – on on­line ra­dio sta­tion which broad­casts from Jo­han­nes­burg, Zim­babwe and the United King­dom as well as launch books for use in teach­ing pri­mary and sec­ondary school pupils.

As a re­sult of the suc­cess of the fes­ti­val, Mdongo re­vealed plans to host the first-ever cul­tural gath­er­ing over­seas in the United King­dom.

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