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GCWALA-NGAMASIKO (article first published : 2008-08-26)

African cultural groups take centre stage this month when Gcwala-Ngamasiko, a traditional music and dance initiative aimed at preserving, uniting and celebrating cultural diversity across the continent comes to South Africa.

The cultural event comes in time just when the country celebrates its heritage month in September under the theme “Celebrating our Dance, our Heritage”.

Hosted by the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in partnership with the African Cultural Music & Dance Association (ACUMDA), and supported by the nine Provincial governments and respective municipalities, Gcwala-Ngamasiko is a five-day cultural extravaganza running from September 3 to 7.

Cultural activities, involving interactive workshops, are expected to take place in the various South African provinces on the days leading to the grand finale of the celebrations at Five Roses Bowl in Mofolo, Soweto, on September 7.

DAC spokesperson, Sandile Memela said the event was aimed at uplifting and preserving African indigenous knowledge, cultural history, heritage, ubuntu and customary values among Africans.

“We are expecting cultural groups from Ghana, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Zambia and Swaziland,” explains Sandile Memela. “We are also awaiting groups from Mozambique, DRC, Ivory Coast, Botswana, Nigeria, and Mali, who will arrive in South Africa on September 3 to exchange their rich cultures and traditions with their counterparts in the country through dialogue, music and dance workshops. We will see cultural groups such as Yemgaranaayili Cultural Group from Ghana, Ruciteme Cultural Group from Burundi, Abbi Kikwe Band and Kayamba Africa from Kenya, meet South Africa’s multi-ethnic groups who are equally passionate about preserving and celebrating their African cultures.”

ACUMDA spokesperson, Benjamin Mfaba said: “ACUMDA was established in 1994 and has given birth to a number of unique projects, including Gcwala-Ngamasiko Initiative which was established in 2004 to further deepen cultural integration and ensure that Africans embrace each other regardless of nationality, race, creed or religion hence the joint partnership with DAC which started in 2007, to foster relationships across ethnic and national groups on the African continent.”

All nine South African provinces will be hosting 13 countries from other parts of Africa starting next week, to participate in the cultural workshops.




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