The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Hwamanda Dance Troupe Back From Denmark

Zimbabwe's celebrated dance group, Hwamanda Dance Troupe, returned home yesterday after a successful tour of Denmark where they performed at a cultural festival dubbed Global Beats. Linnot Laimbo, the leader of the group, said they received overwhelming support.

"We always learn things when we share stage with other countries. We learnt a lot about good stage presentation from other performers. We had three shows in Copenhagen and the authorities saw it fit to invite us to teach students about our culture," he said.

"After the performance everyone wanted to know more about Zimbabwe and its culture, and we took the opportunity to market our country," he said.

He said there was need for the country to recognise the role played by some traditional groups that were making efforts to market the country's culture.

The group showcased amabhiza dances to thousands of audiences from around the world. Originally, the dance used to be dominated by man but due to the dynamics of culture it has incorporated women as well.

It is said the dance originated from Emphaneni because it is believed that Chief Ngwavi was brought to Emphaneni by the Venda people and later settled at Njelele. In most of their dances, they use "itshova" or horse tail which also enhanced the name of the dance.

The ecstatic Laimbo said he was impressed with the financial rewards the group was getting from participating in festivals of such magnitude.

The group is set to tour Belgium in July.

Since its formation, Hwamanda Dance Troupe has toured Europe and Asia.

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