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It was supposed to be a case of Sungura meeting traditional music at the Book Cafeacute during Danai Simango’s album launch on Tuesday night but it was not to be as the other part of the act, Alick Macheso failed to turn up.

Announcing the cancellation through his assistant manager Jatiel Machanja at the eleventh hour, Macheso said he had to attend to an emergency at his farm in Chivhu.

The show, however, went on although curious revellers that had come to witness the occasion took the development with a pinch of salt. However, traditional dancer cum-musician Simango also popularly known as Danai NeNgoma Simango was not affected as she gave a startling performance together with her youthful dance group. Although it was evident that the programme had been altered, they made do with what they had and the show went well.

Speaking after the performance, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe director Elvas Mari applauded the group for being innovative.

“As the NACZ, we are pleased to see artistes coming up with ways to revive our arts. I want to applaud Danai for her successful experiment that has brought traditional dances on the spotlight. While she added modern instruments, we get to see a good display of Muchongoyo of the Ndau people,” he said.

He also applauded her for keeping the legacy of her father Enos Simango, who put up a splendid show when he performed the traditional dance on Independence Day in 1980. Also in attendance was Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Chris Mutsvangwa.

Mutsvangwa also added that the growth of arts in the country was evident of people’s development.

Danai has made a name for herself in traditional dance over the years and it remains to be seen if she will be equally successful in her music.

“I want to prove to people that zvengoma hazvina kusara.

“It is a form of entertainment that anyone can enjoy just like sungura, rhumba and other entertainment that is enjoyed,” she said

Other artistes that came through in support of the upcoming artiste include Progress Chipfumo, Bob Nyabinde, Tendai Manatsa and Selmor Mtukudzi.

Source : The Herald