The Herald (Harare)

1 December 2012

Zimbabwe: It's a Dance Fest!

The festival features hip-hop dance crews from all over Zimbabwe, including Break Equation, Rockies, Ice Cold, Royal, Real Flex, Flip Floppers Jnr, Assasins and Hood Crankers in the B-boy crew.

Antivirus, Fusion X, Nemesis, Thee Magnetic Force Crew, Hip Hop Honeys H3 and SWAT among others are competing in the Nu-Xool Crews while in the Dancehall-Ragga Crews are Desert Fox, Street madness, Style n swagger and Untouchable who will showcase their stunts in the category.

Thirty dance crews will battle it out in front of three judges and again Best solo B-boy and B-girl and Best solo Jerk, Dougie, Krump, Popping and Locking will be crowned.

Shinsoman and Badman are set to ignite the audiences with their scintillating performances when they perform some of their hit songs, symbolising the effort artistes are putting in the HIV movement.

The popular DJ Stackx, will turn tables at the show with Tatea da Mc and Flowsick as masters of ceremony.

This year's edition will run under the theme, "Step up to HIV" in recognition of the World Aids Day, which falls on the same date as the festival.

In an interview with Cool Lifestyle, festival organiser Cecilia Manyowa said the dance clash would be a high profile event.

"It's a dance affair. All the competing dance crews have confirmed and this year there are a lot of prizes to be won," she said.

Cecilia said, this year's festival was aimed at making a positive contribution towards the fight against HIV/Aids.

"Our theme metaphorically, means to get in line and take your place in the 'dance' against HIV/Aids.

"Stepping up means being responsible, knowing your status, encouraging others to follow suit and preventing infection, through promoting awareness campaigns," she explained.

Cecilia said there would also be crews outside Harare representing their provinces.

"What is commendable about this festival is that youths from all over Zimbabwe are coming together to spread the Aids message through the popular culture of dance.

"The 34 dance crews are set to showcase their talents after emerging winners at the just ended auditions from the three different categories," she said.

Cecilia said dance was one way of promoting youth involvement in issues affecting today's world.

"Jibilika festival becomes a vehicle through which the youth join in social activism in ways which also develop their natural skill."

Artistic director of Jibilika, Plot Mhako said dance played a pivotal role in people's lifestyle.

"In Africa, whenever people gather for one reason or another, dance takes centre stage. Because dance expresses what words cannot say, while entertaining and engaging the audience, it is being employed as a platform for youth participation in the fight against the Aids pandemic," he said.

Mhako mentioned that the Jibilika team was being assisted by various youth groups including S.O.D. and Gaza 6ix, cliques which have reputable influence among today's Harare youths.

The Dance Festival was launched in 2007 and has developed over the years. It also gave birth to the Battle of the Year dance competitions.

The festival is sponsored by United States Embassy, Red Fox International, Alliance Francaise, Zimbabwe German Society and the Culture Fund of Zimbabwe among others.

To date groups such as Reflex and High Definition have participated in such festivals and they have represented the country in such battles.

Meanwhile Cool Lifestyle is giving away Jibilika Dance Festival T-shirts to five lucky teens by answering this simple question: Where is the festival taking place?

Just text your answer to Swagga T on

0773 631 724 today before 6pm and stand a chance to win. By the way, it ain't cool to beep or send call me backs.

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