Ndlovu Pri­mary wins Mat North Jikinya dance fes­ti­val

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment - Fair­ness Moy­ana re­cently in Lu­pane

NEWLY crowned Mata­bele­land North pro­vin­cial Jikinya Tra­di­tional Dance com­pe­ti­tion win­ners, Ndlovu Pri­mary School will rep­re­sent the prov­ince at the na­tional fi­nals in Masvingo on Fri­day.

Ndlovu Pri­mary school from Lu­pane district beat con­tenders Clon­more (sec­ond po­si­tion) from Bubi and Mak­wati from Nkayi (third po­si­tion) in a tightly con­tested com­pe­ti­tion held at Lu­pane Com­mu­nity hall last week. The school had its chore­og­ra­phy to thank as they shone when they per­formed the theme dance, Hosanna. How­ever, it was Clon­more that had the best rhythm with the school’s drum­mers be­ing de­clared the best as they im­i­tated the rain­mak­ing rites which are still per­formed at Njelele shrine to this day.

Ndlovu Pri­mary School walked away with $500 while Clon­more re­ceived $300 for tak­ing sec­ond po­si­tion. Clon­more was closely fol­lowed by Mak­wati who were awarded with $200.

Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Association of Pri­mary School Heads, Cyn­thia Khu­malo said the com­pe­ti­tion which is spon­sored by Delta Bev­er­ages pro­vided a plat­form for the pro­mo­tion and preser­va­tion of tra­di­tion and cul­ture through dance and song.

“We thank Na­tional Arts Coun­cil of Zim­babwe (NACZ) and Delta for set­ting up such com­pe­ti­tions which aim to pro­mote the preser­va­tion of our cul­ture through dance and song. Govern­ment pri­ori­tises this area and as such, the new cur­ricu­lum will in­clude tra­di­tional dance and per­form­ing arts,” said Khu­malo.

NACZ pro­vin­cial co­or­di­na­tor, Clara Nkomo said the tra­di­tional dance com­pe­ti­tions were meant to foster a sense of be­long­ing and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of cul­ture, par­tic­u­larly on the young gen­er­a­tion.

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