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Monday, March 17, 2014


There’s a golden rule about the importance of culture in South African society which says that all individuals must feel free to explore the uniqueness of their culture and identity while developing understandings of the cultural diversity that exists around them.

That sentiment holds so true with the highly popular annual Ingoma Competition which the Playhouse Company hosts this year at the SJ Smith (WEMA) Sports Ground on Human Rights Day (March 21).

Playhouse Company's Chief Executive and Artistic Director, Linda Bukhosini is excited about this annual event because it helps bring together music and dance enthusiasts from all corners of KwaZulu-Natal.

"We are delighted to be able to present this highly popular event as part of our ongoing programme of engaging with our audience - particularly those whose culture embraces these genres of traditional dance which are such a rich part of the history of KwaZulu-Natal," said Bukhosini.

For the uninitiated, Ingoma is a traditional Zulu dance which was performed by Zulu warriors before going into battle. The competition provides a chance to see how these warriors (both male and female) compete against each other as they fight for the title of the best Ingoma dance group. This year, the competition will include the following categories: Ingoma, Isgekle, Ushameni, Ingoma yezintombi, Ingoma Sikhuze and Indlamu.

The Ingoma Competition will take place from 09h00 to 16h00 on March 21. The MCs for the event will be Mdu Jali and Ukhozi FM presenter, Ngizwe Mchunu. For more information contact Khulekani Kunene on 031 369 9440 or visit