The 50 Knockout Dance competition spearheaded by Malawi Folk Dance Music and Songs Society (MFDMSS) started over the weekend with the Southern Region.
The event took place at Makata Primary School in Ndirande, Blantyre.
The knockout competition, which aims at promoting and preserving culture and creating a platform for dancers, saw Dikamawoko come out top pocketing K50,000 followed by Judges, which received K30,000, whereas Sambang’oma was third and received K 20,000.
Despite the event being for the Southern Region, groups from Blantyre dominated.
“Being the first time, it was difficult to get groups from other districts and some failed to show up because of funding. Many groups are struggling financially,” the association’s chairperson James Kitchen said Monday.
He said they were hoping for an improvement in contests for the Northern and Central regions.
“We will have a contest in the Northern Region on July 16 and it will take place at Mzuzu Prison Ground and, thereafter, it will be the turn of the Central Region in Lilongwe but we will announce the date and venue later,” Kitchen said.
He said their activities involved the community hence holding the contests in locations.
Meanwhile, Kitchen has said the three winners in each region will have a chance of performing at their inaugural National Cultural Festival to be held at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe from September 30 to October 1 2022.
He then hailed Admarc Sacco for oiling their activities this year, totaling K2.5 million, with K1.5 million going towards the National Cultural Festival.