WILD ululations that rocked the arts arena at Chancellor Primary School in Mutare when Chipinge traditional team entered the stage was a key sign that Gaza Government Primary School knows why it goes on stage to perform.
The Gaza Primary cultural team represented Chipinge district at the Manicaland Provincial Traditional Dance competitions which were held on Friday, October 27, 2023 at Chancellor Primary School in Mutare.
Seven districts from Manicaland, being Nyanga, Makoni, Mutasa, Chimanimani, Chipinge, Buhera and Mutare battled out to see who was to represent the province at the national festival due Tuesday, October 31, 2023 in the 2023 set piece of Mhande dance.
The Chipinge team that comprised of Gaza Government Primary School traditional ensemble, sent into frenzy almost every breathing soul who was witnessing the show.
Despite its sterling performance, adjudicators came with their own conclusions. The awe-inspiring dance by Chipinge traditional dance team failed to win an accolade since only three top entrants were awarded. Chipinge was given position 5 out of 7.
It was similar story with the choral team. St Peters Primary School (near Checheche) represented Chipinge district on choral. It was given position 6 out of 7. Only the percussion group soothed the district by taking position 3. Manzvire Primary School represented Chipinge on percussion.
It was just a temprary dark day for Chipinge but it doesn’t qualify the team as a poor package.
The Mtisi coached traditional dance side is a marvel to watch. It’s a clear testimony of how school head, Mr Kurauone Chipongo and his entire staff have invested intensively in arts devolopment at the learning institution in line with Competent Based Curriculum.
The Gaza Primary team is marketable in tourism circles. Instead of being demoralised by the provincial results, the ensemble should go further to generate income in cultural tourism circles.