By Vasco Chaya
A star-studded cast of musicians is set to showcase their prowess at this year’s edition of Harare Agricultural Show scheduled to start tomorrow.
The list of artistes include Leonard Zhakata, Alick Macheso, Suluman Chimbetu, Jah Prayzah, Andy Muridzo and Soul Jah Love among others courtesy of Zimbabwe Agricultural Society (Zas) in conjunction with 2 Kings Entertainment.
Zhakata will perform on Monday, Macheso on Tuesday while Chimbetu on Wednesday.
On Thursday Jah Prayzah will showcase before Muridzo who is billed to perform on Friday and Soul Jah Love will showcase on the closing day of the show.
Apart from musicians, this year’s edition of Harare Agricultural Show will see at least 25 traditional dance groups drawn from different genres sharing the stage.
Cultural dance groups are being promoted by Zimbabwe National Traditional Dance Association (ZNTDA) in conjunction with Zas.
Zimbabwe National Dance Association finance and marketing executive Nyadzisai Mirisawu said the traditional dances will be held at Smith Field.
“We are bringing cultural groups from virtually all the traditional genres including mbende-jerusarema, Zambian Nyau, Malawian Nyau, Mozambique Nyau, chimtali, chihodha, dinhe, muchongoyo and beni arinoti among others,” Mirisawu said.
“We are promising real fireworks throughout the show.”
Beni is a ceremonial dance which is performed originally by the Lomwe people from Malawi. The Lomwe people come from a place called Mangochi and the dance is dominated by men.
The dance was derived from the Scottish people during the colonial era in Malawi and their dressing depicts officers of the Navy as they crossed Lake Nyasa to places like Nkata Bay as transporters.
They use three drums with the lead drum controlling the dance movements. They use mostly their shoulders and the waist during the dance which is done in a circular motion and uses the right leg first in the movements. Sometimes women assist during the dance for encouragement to the male dancers.
The Harare Agricultural Show is running from tomorrow until Saturday under the theme Seed to Food: Innovate, Consolidate, Sustain. Daily News