Students shine at AMDG High schools Music and Dance Festival

By Nobert Rwodzi

St Paul’s Musami and St Dominic’s Chishawasha High schools dominated the AMDG Music and Dance Festival that was held at St Georges College on Saturday the 19th of July 2014.

The festival, a brain child of Fr Joe Arimoso, the Delegate for Education of the Jesuit Province of Zimbabwe,

aims to celebrate God given talents in young people in areas of music and dance as well as to encourage schools to acknowledge popular music and dance as part of the mainstream expressive arts curriculum.
Now in its 4th edition, the event is running under the theme, “Express!  Communicate! Transform!” It was attended by various high schools from Harare and surrounding areas and witnessed the massive talents in young people in categories of music and dance. St Paul’s Musami silenced other competitors in the dance category with a polished act that left even seasoned dancers envious.  Monte Cassino and Makumbi Visitation closely followed to complete the top three in the dance category. In the music category, things did not look good for the boys from Kutama College, the defending champions who surrendered the top position to St Dominic’s Chishawasha.
In his address to the participants and spectators, Fr Joe Arimoso thanked all the people who made the event a success. In particular, he mentioned the patron of the festival, popular musician and former headmaster, Mr. Bob Nyabinde for his generous commitment to the festival. Mr. Nyabinde has offered support to the students and the schools since the first day of the festival. “We come a long way with the ‘Headmaster’, MrBob Nyabinde. We have worked together since 2011 when we launched the programme and he has been there for it even if I call him in the morning to come for the event, he always comes.”
Fr Arimoso SJ promised that there is a lot to come in next year’s festival and winners will walk away a lot richer.
“Next year will be special; we will be celebrating 5 years since the festival was launched. Schools start to rehearse now because it is going to be a big event. Next year’s will see some choirs having a chance to record albums with some of the established artists”, he added.

The 2014 event was graced by artists such  Bob Nyabinde, Extra Large, Trevor Dongo, Brian Nyahuma and others while certificates and adjudication was courtesy of the Zimbabwe College of Music.


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