The Herald (Harare)

19 July 2012

Zimbabwe: Two Apama Styles Members Die in Crash

TWO members of popular dance group Apama Styles School of Theatre Art died on the spot, while its leader, David Machowa, and two others sustained serious injuries when the vehicle they were travelling in was involved in a road accident in Mozambique.

The accident occurred on Monday morning about 2 100km from Forbes Border Post.

The group was travelling to Pemba in Mozambique for a dance festival where they were invited to represent Zimbabwe. They were headed for the Tambo Art Camp and the VII Festival which was scheduled to run from July 16 to 22.

The public relations officer of the Dancers' Association of Zimbabwe, Justice Chinhema, described the accident as unfortunate.

"It was a fatal accident that claimed the lives of two dancers, a male and a female, while two others were left with their legs fractured," said Chinhema.

"Machowa, popularly known as Apama in arts circles, was injured on the ribs as well as the shoulder. They were rushed to Likwideli Hospital and the guys who invited them for the festival, in conjunction with the Zimbabwean Embassy in Mozambique, assisted them with hospital bills and have also pledged to help in transporting the bodies to the Zimbabwean border.

"We are expecting them to arrive home anytime from now since they were discharged from the hospital today (yesterday)." Chinhema said the country has lost some talented dancers who, together with their surviving fellow members, were doing well for the arts industry.

"The entertainment industry and the nation at large has lost some good dancers who were doing well, not only in Zimbabwe but outside the country's borders," he said. The names of those who died and who were injured have not been released yet, with the Dancers' Association of Zimbabwe officials saying they were waiting for the bodies to be repatriated.

Apama Styles School of Theatre Art is a 15-member group that was formed eight years ago.

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