Chisuma and Monde traditional leaders in Matabeleland North have been commended for preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage and supporting the growth of traditional dance groups in their communities.

Several traditional dance outfits from Matabeleland North Province converged in the resort town of Victoria Falls to showcase their traditional dances.

Among the traditional dance groups were Makishi Arts Group, Victoria Falls Nyau Group and the Ilembe Shining Spears.

Traditional leaders who have been at the fore-front in preserving the rich cultural heritage were commended for their role in the safeguarding the cultural heritage.

Village heads from Chisuma and Jambezi who were presented with trophies for their efforts in preserving the cultural heritage said the arts sector has been a source of employment for many youths in the community.

Traditionalist Dr Kamwelo Banda said going forward there is need for the traditional dance groups to be supported and to ensure that their performances are captured under the ZimDigital content creation initiative.

The traditional dance groups’ leaders who were given medals in recognition of their work in contributing to a vibrant arts industry and preservation of culture said they are looking forward to partnerships with the private sector.

Working closely with chiefs in different communities, the Ministry of Rural Development, Preservation and Promotion of Culture and Heritage is crafting policies aimed at creating a vibrant cultural sector.