Winky D, Judge­ment Yard, Tre­sor for Vic Falls Car­ni­val

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Show­biz Reporter

MULTI-award win­ning, plat­inum sell­ing Con­golese artiste Tre­sor, Winky D and dance­hall DJs – Judge­ment Yard have been added to the list of en­ter­tain­ers for this year’s Jame­son Vic­to­ria Falls Car­ni­val. The fest will take pl a c e from December 29 to 31 in and around the resort town. Com­plet­ing the sec­ond an­nounce­ment of the line up will be South Africa’s reg­gae band Ti­dal Waves, Half ‘n Half and DJ Dilox­clu­siv as well as Zim­bab­wean DJ Ja­son Le Roux. These artistes will join for­merly an­nounced Sketchy Bongo, multi-award win­ning hip hop duo Loc­nville and The Kif­ness.Em­manuel Ti­vatyi, one of the or­gan­is­ers of the festival said Winky D, who has per­formed at the car­ni­val be­fore, had been added to spice up the line up on New Year’s Eve. On the event’s prepa­ra­tions, Ti­vatyi said every­thing was go­ing ac­cord­ing to plan adding that the first train for the train party on December 30 was al­most full. This year, like last year, be­cause of the pop­u­lar­ity of the train party, three trains will ferry rev­ellers to the bush – a few kilo­me­tres out­side Vic Falls where they will party in style. “The trains will shut­tle three times to the venue fer­ry­ing 500 peo­ple at each go.

“We ex­pect about 1 500 rev­ellers to be taken to the se­cret lo­ca­tion,” said Ti­vatyi. Nor­mally tick­ets start be­ing bought en-masse dur­ing mid­Novem­ber and by the end of the month, they’ll be fin­ished so peo­ple, es­pe­cially lo­cals are be­ing en­cour­aged to buy their tick­ets now.”

On the first day of the car­ni­val – December 30, Ti­vatyi said they had part­nered with lo­cal nightspots who will host com­mu­nity par­ties to wel­come vis­i­tors – es­pe­cially those from out­side the coun­try.

He said they had re­duced ticket prices for lo­cals who have over the years, com­plained that the tick­ets were too steep.

Lo­cals will not be ex­pected to pay $45 for a day pass, down from $60.

How­ever, these tick­ets are only avail­able for a few weeks as the pro­mo­tion will end on Novem­ber 25. There­after, the tick­ets will be $60. THE Jikinya Dance Festival roared to life in Bu­l­awayo yes­ter­day with pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tions at the Large City hall.

The na­tional cel­e­bra­tions will be held at Masvingo Polytech­nic on Novem­ber 25 where schools from the coun­try’s 10 prov­inces will bat­tle it out for top honours.

Or­gan­ised an­nu­ally by the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil of Zim­babwe (NACZ) in part­ner­ship with the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Pri­mary Heads (NAPH), the festival seeks to en­cour­age pri­mary school chil­dren to ap­pre­ci­ate and per­form Zim­bab­wean tra­di­tional dances thus pro­mot­ing and pre­serv­ing Zim­babwe’s cul­tural her­itage.

“The festival show­cases var­i­ous tra­di­tional dances by pri­mary school pupils and the dif­fer­ent dances that’ll be show­cased dur­ing the course of the month will be a re­flec­tion of end­less diver­sity that is found in the dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties of Zim­babwe,” said NACZ com­mu­ni­ca­tions and mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer – Cather­ine Mthombeni.

The theme for this year’s Jikinya Dance Festival cel­e­bra­tions is: “Em­pow­er­ing Com­mu­ni­ties Through Dance”.

Judge­ment Yard

Winky D

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