Dance Fiesta brings out the best of Byo talent
THE Bulawayo Dance Fiesta that was held at Club 263 last week has given zeal to dance groups who flocked the venue in numbers to be part of the inaugural show. Over 20 dance groups participated in the event, which according to organiser, Harpers Mapimhidze, was held to save the dance industry from collapse.
The visibly excited dancers from Ezimnyama, Magesh, Beauty Queens, Dynamite Chicks, Mario Crew, Sungura Masters, Jaiva Kings and Fusion among others, used the opportunity well as they tried by all means to outpace each other. Their energetic and gravity defying moves saw them win hearts of revellers who supported their favourite groups by tipping them. Some even tossed $20 notes. Despite the city having many dance groups, nightspots have in the past years failed to accommodate them, a move which has seen the city losing its talent to Harare where there seem to be better opportunities. Mapimhidze who is the Dancers Association of Zimbabwe president said he wanted to fix things hence his initiative of introducing a dance fiesta in Bulawayo. Club 263 will be the home of the fiesta with plans to make the event monthly underway. “This is the first time we brought together 20 dance groups. The aim is to identify talented dancers and promote them,” said Mapimhidze. “It’s public knowledge that Bulawayo has a lot of talent. What’s lacking is the support hence I’m giving the dancers this platform.” Mapimhidze, who is co-ordinating the dance fiesta with Devine Assignments — organisers of the Jam Session, said he was impressed by the response he got from Bulawayo dance groups. “The overwhelming response from dance groups and those who came to watch shows that the city has been yearning for such an event.” He said plans were underway to host a national dance competition where dancers from Bulawayo would square up with those from Harare. “In about three weeks, we’ll hopefully hold a national dance fiesta. We’re still working on the logistics and trying to see if we’ll hold the event in Bulawayo or Harare. I, however, prefer that it be held here.” SOUTH African actor, poet, singer and dancer, Israel Makoe says Zimbabwe could reap millions of dollars and create jobs if enough support is given to the entertainment industry.
Best known for his role as GP in the SABC drama series, “Gaz’lam”, the multi-skilled artiste was in Plumtree over the weekend to interact with fans at 4Js Sports Bar.
He said he believed that the entertainment industry was a viable industry that could provide millions of people with jobs if promoted properly.
“ThThe success of Zimbabwean entertainment industry relies on the support from the people. ThThis country has a lot of talent and potential and can produce successful actors and singers but this can happen if artists get support and if people buy their products,” he said.
Makoe has become an icon in the South African fifilm industry having featured in renowned dramas and movies but feels it is “now time for me to take my career to a new level”.
He said: “I am hoping to land roles in international movies, fifi lms and dramas as a sign that I have grown as an artist. ThThis is part of what I’m working on right now”.
Makoe said he recently launched a new career as a writer and producer of South African fifilms. He said he was working on three feature fifilms that will be produced soon.
“ThThe projects that I plan to undertake in the near future are aimed at ensuring that aspiring artistes, especially youths, realise their dreams,” he said.
ThThe event organiser, Handsome Sibanda said Kasi-Toundtainment, a Plumtree based events organising company, was in the process of reviving the entertainment industry in the border town.
He said more events were in line for this year’s summer season.
He said his company had so far managed to invite two South African artistes to the border town and both events had been a success.
Makoe’s visit to the border town coincided with the grand opening of Billards Lounge at 4Jays Sports Bar.
GP also played Nongoloza in the iconic, hard hitting drama series Yizo Yizo. He has featured in several South African movies including Tsotsi, Avenged and ThThe First Grader. He has also featured in SA dramas and fifilms such as Izulu Lami, Four Corners, Hard to Get, Esforndes, Rockville, Z’bondiwe and Zone 14. — @DubeMatutu
Some of the artistes perform at the Dance Fiesta at Club 263 in Byo
SA actor, Israel Makoe (2nd from right) with Plumtree fans