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In its quest to preserve Zimbabwean culture, Junction 24, in conjunction with Arts Association of Zimbabwe, is set to launch a school of cultural dances.

The school is set to be launched in March with tutors coming from AAZ.

In an interview with The Herald Entertainment, Junction 24 owner Tavepi Madzingira said they have realised that there was less effort towards preserving cultural dances in the country and this will likely lead to a cultural erosion.

“A nation without a culture is doomed and this is why we talk of patriotism, national identity and indigenisation.

“There is rapid growth of contemporary dance at the expense of our own cultural dances.

“Each region has its own cultural dances which we are going to teach our students so it is passed on to our children and generations to come,” he said.

He said the students will have six modules with also contemporary dance being on the list.

“We are going to focus mainly on traditional dances.

“Dances like hossana – a popular style from Matebeleland, shangara, mbakumba, mhande and jerusarema are some of the dances which are going to be part of the modules .

“The course will run for three months at 48 hours per week. We are resourcing for instruments and trainers especially on the practical part of the course,” he said.

He said those who are going to be trained are set to be deployed in primary schools where they will teach pupils the cultural dances.

Meanwhile, Madzingira said they are also pushing for the Junction 24 Arts Festival which they launched last year to be bigger and better this year.

“We are also going to have the arts festival in April.

“Last year we managed to have different artistes from visual artistes, musicians, poets and dancers among others.

“We want this year’s edition to be bigger and better.

“We want to have a scenario where we have a miniature of the Harare International Festival of the Arts so this time we are going to take comedy to the people and add a number of new things,” he said.

Junction 24, situated along the Harare-Chitungwiza highway, has become synonymous with family outing by artistes from other genres that appeal across age groups.

It has hosted sungura, rhumba, urban grooves, reggae, dancehall and gospel artistes family shows.

Source : The Herald