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Dapurahunanzva dished the winning dance at Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival

Harare gardens gathered Saturday afternoon as lovers of dance rekindled their romance with the country’s most elite dance competition; the Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival.


Dance groups from the country’s 10 provinces took turns to show each other what had made them regional winners as they wrestled for the national championship.

After numerous attempts, Mutare-based mbakumba dance group Dapurahunanzva finally dished the right dance as they were crowned the best of them all.

Seasoned performers Guruve Marimba Arts Ensemble from Mashonaland Central came second while nyau dancers Dedza Chitandidzo from Harare took third position.

Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional Dance Festival winners – Dapurahunanzva. Picture by Plot Mhako

Speaking to Zimbuzz after the win, Dapurahunanzva leader, Keaven Simomondo said the group had gone through some rigorous preparations hence the win.

“It has been two months of real hard work, dancers coming to rehearsals in the morning and leaving in the afternoon. We thank the people of Mutare for their support,” he said.

Second position -Guruve Arts Ensemble. Picture by Plot Mhako

On what’s next for the winners, Simomondo said they are setting their sight on the international stage.

“We are targeting international festivals, continuing with our youth dance training so that we cultivate the culture of dancing in our children,” he added.

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