Byo hosts Jikinya fi­nals

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THIS year’s edi­tion of the Jikinya dance fes­ti­val na­tional fi­nals will be held in Bu­l­awayo with or­gan­is­ers say­ing prepa­ra­tions for the an­nual com­pe­ti­tion for pri­mary school chil­dren are at an ad­vanced stage.

Last year the na­tional fi­nals were held in Masvingo and St Joseph Pri­mary School from Goromonzi scooped the first prize. The Jikinya dance fes­ti­val is or­gan­ised by the Na­tional Arts Coun­cil of Zim­babwe (NACZ).

This year the fes­ti­val dance is Mu­chon­goyo also known as Mu­chon­golo which orig­i­nated from Zu­l­u­land (Ngu­ni­land) in South Africa.

NACZ act­ing Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mar­ket­ing Man­ager, Cathrine Mthombeni said Jikinya fes­ti­vals are al­ready be­ing held at district level coun­try­wide.

“District Jikinya fes­ti­vals are al­ready be­ing held coun­try­wide in prepa­ra­tion for the provin­cial fes­ti­vals that will start this month. The provin­cial win­ners will com­pete in the na­tional fi­nals on 24 Novem­ber in Bu­l­awayo,” said Mthombeni.

She said schools hold clus­ter and zonal fes­ti­vals in or­der to come up with win­ners that com­pete at district level.

“Each district will then send one school to the provin­cial fes­ti­val and win­ners at provin­cial level then com­pete at the na­tional fi­nals,” said Mthombeni.

She said Jikinya fes­ti­vals are meant to pro­mote the peo­ple’s tra­di­tions and cul­tures.

“The pupils that par­tic­i­pate in th­ese fes­ti­vals will have an ap­pre­ci­a­tion of our lo­cal tra­di­tional dances per­formed in dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try,” said Mthombeni.

This year’s fes­ti­val dance was per­formed in prepa­ra­tion for and af­ter war, par­tic­u­larly when the war­riors emerged vic­to­ri­ous.

To­day the dance is used to en­ter­tain peo­ple at pub­lic gath­er­ings.

Mu­chon­goyo is pre­dom­i­nantly per­formed by Ndau and Shangani speak­ing peo­ple mostly liv­ing in Chipinge and Chi­man­i­mani in Man­i­ca­land, some parts of Chiredzi as well as some parts of Mozam­bique.

ZRP Tom­lin­son De­pot Pri­mary School pupils per­form at a pre­vi­ous edi­tion of the Jikinya dance fes­ti­val

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