By: Albert Maluleke
South African musicians, Thomas Hasani Chauke and the Shinyori Sisters are set to perform for the first time in Zimbabwe, on a fundraising gig to be held at Chiredzi Rural District on July, 1.
The cultural gathering which is celebrating its fifth year, in the past was dubbed the Great Limpopo Cultural International Fair, but has since changed the brand name to Great Limpopo Cultural Trade Fair,
Participants at the Fair include communities from within the Great Limpopo Trans frontier Conservation Area (GLTFCA’s) sphere of influence namely the Shangaan, Tsonga, Venda, Ndebele, and Karanga communities found in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique respectively.
Government so as to make it a platform to promote trade between cultural groups from southern Africa
Departments and the private sector from the three GLTFCA partner countries (Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique) will also participate at the Fair.
It is envisaged that the Great Limpopo Cultural Fair will unveil new business opportunities to market cultural products and to attract other key business partnerships in the region through marketing of investment opportunities emanating from the development of Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park
The Fair will serve as a regional platform to address regional problems such as irregular migration, poaching, and extinction of cultural practices, historical questions and cross cutting issues such as HIV/AIDS, international crime, and poverty reduction.
It will also be used as a basis to develop education, agriculture and cultural tourism and to promote education of children in the GLTFCA region, especially the girl child and women
The Cultural Fair aims to conserve and develop culture within the framework of the Great Limpopo Cultural Heritage Centre, a project being spearheaded by Gaza Trust. The project seeks to promote, develop and conserve the intangible cultural heritage of the Great Limpopo Community for their social, economic and environmental development.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has since embraced the annual festival and now includes it on its National calendar of events. This year’s event which is organised by Centre for Cultural
Development Initiatives will be held from July 19 to 23 2017, at Boli, Muhlanguleni in Chiredzi. According to Kuzomuka this year’s event will run under the theme; The role of culture in food security and sustainable livelihoods.
This is the second time the cultural trade fair is held in rural areas, and we hope to make the event bigger than last year. Preparation is already at an advanced stage and we hope it will be successful said Kuzomuka.
The cultural trade fair will have diverse cultural products which include indigenous and modern sport, language conference, a traditional forum on food security, business dinner, youth career fair, exhibitions, cultural festival, and indigenous cuisines with the main purpose of doing business through culture in the context of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area.
The award-winning musician, Thomas Chauke who was conferred with an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, African Languages, by the University of Venda, and whose music career spans over 35 years, is expected to woo fans with his unique Xitsonga and Xigaza genre.
Maheta kuhleva dance group from South Africa is also expected to perform for the first time at the Great Limpopo International Trade Fair.
The show is sponsored by Malilangwe Trust, Tongaat Hulett, Baloyi Investments and others.
Source: Garikai Mafirakureva and Walter Mswazie in Masvingo, Showbiz Correspondent