Jikinya Dance Fest roars into life

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“This par­tic­u­lar theme un­der­scores the im­por­tance of com­mu­ni­ties em­brac­ing var­i­ous In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage (ICH) el­e­ments that are pe­cu­liar in their com­mu­ni­ties. The festival en­cour­ages com­mu­ni­ties to adopt safe­guard­ing mea­sures through dance so that com­mu­ni­ties ap­pre­ci­ate the value of trans­mit­ting the skills from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion for pos­ter­ity,” said Mthombeni.

“Also, com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit eco­nom­i­cally through mak­ing and sell­ing cos­tumes, props as well as by train­ing young­sters the danc­ing tech­niques. So­cially these dances bring com­mu­ni­ties to­gether in gath­er­ings such as fes­ti­vals.”

Schools will show­case a dance of their choice as well as the com­mon dance – Ihosanna. Five years ago, NACZ in­tro­duced a sys­tem whereby a spe­cific dance is se­lected as a festival piece that runs for two years and is judged as a Com­mon Dance. The Com­mon Dance was in­tro­duced so that all par­tic­i­pat­ing chil­dren, de­spite their re­gions can learn, per­form and ap­pre­ci­ate di­verse Zim­bab­wean cul­tures through dance.

Ihosanna — a rain­mak­ing dance — is per­formed in Zim­babwe, Botswana and South Africa. The dance is also used dur­ing spir­i­tual cer­e­monies among the Nde­bele peo­ple.

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