By Jonas Nyasulu, Contributor:
Mzuzu Prison Cultural Troupe underlined its prowess in traditional dances when it came out top in the 50 Knockout Dance competition for the Northern Region held in Mzuzu last Saturday.
The 50 Knockout competition is led by Malawi Folk Dance Music and Songs Society (MFDMSS).
The contest in the Northern Region comes barely a month after Dikamawoko triumphed in the Southern Region.
For coming out top, Mzuzu Prison Cultural Troupe which is made up of 15 inmates, received K50,000.
Kanyerere and Mwazisi cultural troupes came second and third respectively and pocketed K30,000 and K20,000.
Mzuzu Prison Cultural Troupe team leader Suzgikani Kayira was over the moon with their success and attributed it to hard work.
“The competition was very tough because the other groups also did well but we put in more extra effort. We thank God for the win,” Kayira said.
Sub Inspector Macbeth Wansambo, who is the station’s cultural troupe coordinator, said the triumph by Mzuzu Prison Cultural Troupe was a testimony that they were moving in the right direction in as far as promoting and preserving culture through traditional dances was concerned.
“This cultural troupe is playing a pivotal role in preparing inmates for their successful re-integration into their communities after completion of their prison sentences. Through this cultural troupe, the inmates are also giving back to the society by showcasing their talents,” Wansambo said.
Former National Theatre Association of Malawi (Ntam) Northern Region Chapter Chairperson, Sam Sambo, who was the guest of honour, said traditional dances are there to promote culture and called upon the government and the corporate world to support such initiatives.
During the contest, the groups showcased a number of traditional dances mostly from the Northern Region and they included Mwinoghe, Malipenga Ngwaya, Muwuso, Vimbuza, Saza and Mbotoska.
The association’s chairperson James Kitchen said they were happy with the way the competition was progressing and that next is a contest for the Central Region on August 27.
Kitchen said the three top groups from each region will represent their regions at the Pamtsinde National Cultural Festival slated for September 2022 in Lilongwe.
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.