The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Sulu Unveils 'Batai Munhu' Dance

Suluman CHIMBETU has iunveiled a new dance to with his hit song "Sean Timba". It's called the "Batai Munhu" dance. The dance is characterised by clasping hands in the air in unison, a symbol for unity in certain circles. Sulu has been performing the dance in his recent shows much to the delight of his fans.

"Batai Munhu concert," held over the weekend was no exception as fans joined Sulu in the signature dance.

Prior to the introduction of the dance, male patrons had invented their own dance routine whereby they would make obscene gestures to female revellers when Sulu sang the popular lyrics . . .

"Kana munhu anetsa varume batai munhu. Mubate nepapa, mumurove ndari, hona musoro, musote munhu."

An unidentified couple stole the limelight when they performed their own version of "Batai Munhu dance," at the Aquatic show in Chitungwiza.

They would hold and caress each other.

The introduction of the "Batai Munhu" dance would help to water down speculation that the song promotes violence.

Sulu maintains that he is fighting piracy.

"Piracy is killing Zimbabwean music, I am just fighting piracy and that's what this song is all about," said Chimbetu.

Lifting and clutching hands in the air signifies unity and Sulu said people should unite against piracy hence the "Batai Munhu" dance. Of late, musicians have been introducing dances synonymous with their songs.

Alick Macheso, who is known for pioneering many dances also introduced a signature dance for his latest album "Kure Kwekure (Kwatakabva Mitunhu)" called "Kochekera".

The dance involves the clasping of both hands above the head and swinging them back and forth.

"The dance is there to show people that we work as a team," said Macheso.

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