Picture one warm Sunday afternoon with a cool winter breeze, chilling, enjoying a display of artistic feast that reenergize your soul while appreciating and digesting every fine detail embedded in our cultural heritage.
I guess, the idea is not abstract as it sounds. Its real. Dikamawoko Artistic grouping has organized a cultural afternoon at the Warehouse Cultural Centre on Sunday July 1, 2012.
With theatre and traditional dances on the menu, the event is expected to raise funds for an arts centre the grouping is expected to establish.
“Dikamawoko Theatre will show the play Tubes and Containers with two new young actresses, Rebecca Simon and Chimwemwe Mkwezalamba who also made it into Dikamawoko blockbuster production of the year 2012, called A Dry Pond. There will also be traditional dance by Dikamawoko Dance Troupe, featuring Vimbuza and Vizilisi from Northern Malawi,” said Taonga Nkhonjera the group’s Manager.
According to Nkhonjera other dances expected to be displayed include Lupanda, Chinamwali, Chisamba and Beni from Central and Southern Malawi.
“The dances are breathtaking, with precise choreography and come with a commentary by storyteller, myself, on the traditional rituals and practices that precede such dances. To cap the cultural celebration of Malawi, Dikamawoko will dish out afro music from unsung guitarist Agoloso, winner of the Kuche Kuche Music Awards,” he added.
Another to spice up the event is Muhanya and Dikamawoko Band which is also enlisted to play some songs from their newly released album Nthano Zathu – A Collection of Malawian Folktales.
Muhanya and Dikamawoko Band are the current champions of the Music Crossroads 2011 Southern Chapter and emerged as winners of the Chibuku Road to Fame 2012 Regional Finals.
To add flavor to the cultural feast, there will be a display of paintings, carvings and other crafts done by Dikamawoko artists. Also on sale will be copies of the album, Nthano Zathu.