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    Dzimbabwe Dance Group wins Chibuku NeShamwari Festival


    CHIVI –
    Dzimbabwe Dance Group from Nemamwa Growth Point are the provincial Chibuku Neshamwari Traditional dance kings after winning at the Masvingo Festival Finals held at Huruyadzo Gardens in Chivi on Saturday.
    Dzimbabwe will proceed to represent Masvingo at the national finals that will be held in Bulawayo on July 30.
    Dzimbabwe Dance Group which performed the Amajukwa rain making ceremonial dance beat nine other dance groups to win the competition and receive $500 prize money.
    The group earned the first position after securing a total of 205 points, closely followed by Kambashangara on second position and Guhudza Dance Groups on third who garnered 200 and 197 points respectively.
    First and second runner ups got $300 and $200 respectively whilst all the groups that participated got US$100 for their participation.
    Last year provincial winners Gango Dance Group from Masvingo Teachers' College got US$200 for their performance as the guest group since the defending champions are not allowed to participate in the competitions after winning the previous year to allow other teams a chance to at least benefit from the competitions. 
    Other teams that participated are Lundi Dance Group, Musa from Mutimurefu Prison and Correctional Services, Hippo Muchongoyo, Matande, Khomanani, Ivhu Inhaka and Zvavazvinhu Dance Groups.
    Other groups performed different types of traditional dances including bira, Jaka Shangara and Muchongoyo.
     "We are happy with the opportunity that we have been presented with and we will make sure that we bring the trophy home," said Ratson Haruziviishe who is the leader of Dzimbabwe Dance Group.
    President of the Zimbabwe National Traditional Dancers Association Kennedy Kachuruka urged the dance groups and participants to continue safeguarding their culture which they are preserving through the traditional dance competitions with the blessing of Delta Beverages which is sponsoring the tournament.
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