Murewa Culture Centre will on the 27th of March 2020 host the inaugural “Mvura Naya Naya” festival on the occasion of the United Nations’ World Water Day commemorations.
The festival is a community-based initiative championed by traditional leaders in Mashonaland East Province working closely with the Government and other partners within the various sectors of the economy.
Chief NeChombo, the festival coordinator says it is set against a background of cultural erosion in the country and is borne out of a new narrative of wanting to Position, Preserve and Promote the Zimbabwean culture.
“It is a prayer which signifies development in the cultural, social and economic sectors. With this we are saying, Mvura Naya Naya is a vehicle to bring forth the good waters of economic, social and cultural development”. He said.
The initiative is aimed at positioning the tangible and intangible cultural heritage as it is taken out of the phrase “Mvura Naya Naya” which is associated with good fortunes of prosperity synonymous with good rains.
The One-day festival will feature the Mvura Naya Naya Cultural song/ Detembo- meaning prosperity in all sectors, Marimba songs, Drums/Ngoma competition featuring 3 groups, Dance competition, traditional dressing for Chiefs and Wives fashion and design competition and Drama groups performing Traditional Marriage ceremonies and dare.
The event will also showcase exhibitions in Art & Craft, Traditional foods, Herbs-Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS), Home industry displays i.e. Duri/Kutswa; Guyo; Maheu; Opaque beer; Juices).