Harare — Mutare was last Saturday a hive of activity as several dance groups thronged the city to attend the Jibilika dance festival where the Manicaland Province representative for the finals were selected.
The national event would be held in November.
The groups were rallying for honours in categories that included rhumba, kwaito, hip hop and traditional dance.
Mutare had two winners with the group Born to Dance clinching the first prize in the hip hop category while New Kings Musica triumphed as the best rhumba outfit.
Dapurahunanzva from Chimanimani grabbed the ticket in the traditional dance category. However, there was no winner in the Kwaito category as all the groups could not meet required standards.
Speaking after the event the director of the festival Plot Mhako said though the event was not easy to organise it was a worthwhile cause to bring together upcoming artists.
"The show was good despite the challenges we faced in organising it.
"I appreciate the serious attitude shown by groups in the traditional dance category as they worked with passion, although others were not impressive" he said.
True to his observation, most of the groups that participated lacked seriousness and maturity as they chose to shy away from the crowd performing in the back stage instead, while others were scantily dressed.
However, to liven up the event was Leonard Mapfumo who churned out his popular hits that included Maidei and Seiko.
The group MaFrique also mesmerised the crowd with tracks like Chizevezeve.
At some point band member Discord lived up to his name by singing out of tune some of the tracks.
Despite being pencilled to start at 1pm, the festival only kicked off three hours later, much to the chagrin of the audience who had come earlier than the stipulated time.
The search continues in Bindura on May 24, where organisers will stage a similar show in search of talented artistes.