Dance Fi­esta brings out the best of Byo tal­ent

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Nh­lal­wenhle Ng­wenya Sukul­wenkosi Dube-Matutu Plumtree Cor­re­spon­dent

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

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