Mbada Ensemble emerge traditional dance provincial winners


ZVISHAVANE — Chinyambera dance masters, and Battlefields based Mbada Ensemble scooped the
sole ticket to represent Midlands at the national finals of the 60th edition of the Chibuku
Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival to be held in August.
The Zimbabwe National Army outfit, proved its mettle by producing a five-star performance at
Mandava Beerhall in Zvishavane, which saw them, outclass 11 other groups which were vying for a
berth in the national finals scheduled for August 5.
Mbada Ensemble lived to its reputation as a cut above the rest in traditional dance as they won the
Ingwebu Cultural Dance Festival at the same venue in 2018.
Gweru based Mbakumba group, Tansh came second and third was Undi Gure of Zvishavane.
Other groups which took part include Dayadaya Mahande, Mutengo Waringa, Fix Changoma,
Maparanyanga, Maglas Chimutare, Dingindira Mudzimu, Wasa, Chipolopolo Zamnbia, and Kwekwe
Dance Group.
The traditional dance festival, which is sponsored by Delta Beverages through its Chibuku brand, is
being held under the theme: “Bira ramadhanzi 60 years sithokoziswa ngezomgido.”
This year marks 60 years of celebrating traditional dances in Zimbabwe.
Winners at the national finals will pocket US$15 000. The first and second runners-up will receive
US$10 000 and US$7 500 respectively. Last year the top prize went to Mutare-based
Dapurahunanzwa Dance Group.

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