Competition exposes local talent

2019-10-31 06:00
Ikasi Vibes is one of the groups that took part in the Iqonga Lam music and dance competition.PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

Ikasi Vibes is one of the groups that took part in the Iqonga Lam music and dance competition.PHOTOs: SIYABONGA KALIPA

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Isiwisa Development Project, which was started in 2013, hosted the Iqonga Lam event in Samora Machel on Saturday 19 October.

The project aims to develop individuals who have talent in dance, music and drama. Isiwisa hosts workshops, manages and coordinates big events.

The event, the first of its kind for the project, offered participants a chance to showcase their traditional music skills and dance moves.

A range of prizes was on offer for the winners with a first prize of R4 000, R2 500 for second place and R1 000 for third prize.

Participants were chosen during the auditions in September.

Project founder Lundi Siwisa said he decided to host the event, which focuses mainly on tradition, after realising that a lot of young people are not involving themselves on traditional issues.

“I want to bring back our traditions so that they live within us forever,” he said.

Siwisa said he also hopes to bring back the dignity and the values attached to isiXhosa. He added that the youth of today gets involved in all the wrong things.

Even though the event was being hosted for the first time, he said it was a huge success.

He hopes to expand and spread it to other areas in future.

Mzonke Mona, of Iziqhaza Art Combination group, said the event is very important because it gives a platform to them to showcase their talents.

He said it also brings together black people from different cultures which is very important. “By having such events it means that we will not forget about our culture,” said Mona.

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