THE 6oth edition of the annual Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival will start on 27 May amid revelations that it will run under the theme, ‘Bira Remadhanzi, 60 Years Sithokozisa Ngezomgido!’
Having made its debut in Mbare at Mai Musodzi Hall, the festival has truly stood the test of time.
Bankrolled by Delta Beverages through their Chibuku brand, the sponsors work closely with its partners, the National Arts Council Zimbabwe (NACZ) and Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association (ZNTDA), in promoting and developing the arts in the community.
“Chibuku Neshamwari will get under way on 27 May, across the 10 provinces in the country. Chibuku Neshamwari will run 10 provincial finals, which will culminate in a national final, where provincial finalists will battle it out for the top spot. Winners will walk away with monetary prizes at both provincial and national level,” said the organisers of the event through a statement.
Winners at the national finals will go home with US$15 000 and the first runners-up will get US$10 000.
The second runners-up will pocket US$7 500.
Participants are required to register their groups with NACZ AND and ZNTDA to be able to participate.
Last year, Mutare-based traditional ensemble Dapurahunanzva scooped the first prize in a competition that was held at Harare Gardens.
The event also saw Zimdancehalll musician Killer T and contemporary muso Jah Prayzah serenading hundreds of fans that thronged the venue.