Harare Province last weekend kicked off the preliminaries of the Chibuku Neshamwari Dance Festival at Makuluwani Sports Bar.
The cultural fiesta is making a comeback after it last featured on our calendars in 2019.
Mufakose-based group Dedza Chitandizo walked away winners with a US$2 500 cheque and the ticket to represent the province at the national championships to be held on August 6.
The top 3 podium finishes all went to Nyau/Gule dancers with Mdarika Nyau of Mabvuku attaining second place pocketing US$1 500, while Gasani Moto Gure of Nyabira came third and took home US$1 000.
Other participating groups in the festival were Tete Mafuwe, Yarira Ngoma, Angonia, Duramazwi, Dedza Chitandizo, Chisoni Chimtali, Kondani, Pasichigare, Gasasani Moto and Mdakin Nyau.
They all received the complementary $500 for their participation.
The Chibuku Neshamwari Dance Festival has become important in promoting and ensuring that traditional dances, which are one of our crucial intangible cultural heritages are celebrated.
Other provinces are set to host their own preliminary rounds with Mashonaland East happening this coming weekend on June 4.
It will be followed by Masvingo on June 11, Mat-South on June 18, and Midlands on June 25.
Bulawayo Province’s competition will start in the month of July on the 2nd with Mashonaland West and Manicaland both happening on July 9.
The last rounds will be Matabeleland North July 16 and Mashonaland Central on July 23.