Mashona­land East school wins Jikinya dance fest

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ST Joseph Pri­mary School from Goromonzi emerged win­ners of the Jikinya tra­di­tional dance fes­ti­val at a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion held in Masvingo last Fri­day.

For their ef­forts, the group, which per­formed the Chinyam­bera dance, were given a $1 200 prize, tro­phy and 15 medals for the 13 par­tic­i­pants and their two teach­ers. The school also scooped the Prof Hope Sadza ex­cel­lence award in Com­mon dance and got an­other $300.

On sec­ond po­si­tion was Bu­l­awayo’s Mkhithika Thebe Pri­mary School who won $1 000, a tro­phy and 15 medals as well. They per­formed the Amantshomane dance.

Ru­jeko Pri­mary School from Mutare was the sec­ond run­ner up. They per­formed mbakumba and were awarded $700, a tro­phy and 15 medals.

Maringire Pri­mary School from host prov­ince – Masvingo took fourth po­si­tion and was given $500, a tro­phy and 15 medals. They per­formed the mhande dance.

The bot­tom five schools were all given con­so­la­tion prizes of $150 and medals for par­tic­i­pants.

Guest of hon­our at the event, Rev­erend Paul Bayethe Da­masane thanked the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil of Zim­babwe for cham­pi­oning arts de­vel­op­ment through or­gan­is­ing the fes­ti­val.

“These young­sters are the fu­ture of to­mor­row and for them to par­tic­i­pate in Jikinya is an as­sur­ance that our cul­ture and her­itage is go­ing into the fu­ture. Such school arts ac­tiv­i­ties should con­tinue be­yond Jikinya Fes­ti­val,” said Rev Da­masane.

“Jikinya Dance Fes­ti­val plays a cru­cial role in safe­guard­ing In­tag­i­ble Cul­tural Her­itage. The im­por­tance of In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural her­itage is not the cul­tural as­pect, but rather the wealth of knowl­edge and skills that is trans­mit­ted through it from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion.”

Rev Da­masane urged par­ents to sup­port chil­dren who want to take up arts re­lated stud­ies say­ing tra­di­tional dance was an im­por­tant source of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

“Com­mu­ni­ties ben­e­fit eco­nom­i­cally through mak­ing and sell­ing cos­tumes, props as well as by train­ing young­sters the danc­ing tech­niques. We’ve artists who have found sus­tain­able liveli­hoods through Dance. We see them at wed­dings, func­tions and par­ties where they dance for a fee.

“Some tra­di­tional dance groups are now renowned in­ter­na­tion­ally and are rais­ing our na­tion’s es­teem through dance. I urge par­ents to de­sist from shun­ning tra­di­tional dance and en­cour­age chil­dren to par­tic­i­pate be­cause that could be a source of your child’s liveli­hood to­mor­row”.

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