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The Shabalala Interpretation of Culture Centre hosted a cultural extravaganza


BY Mangaliso Ngomane

The Shabalala Interpretation of Culture Centre hosted a cultural extravaganza, where they showcased traditional arts and performances to tourism stakeholders. The Center is the brainchild of Inkosi Tours founder and director Mr Goodman Nkosi who stated that this latest projected it aimed at giving visitors to Hazyview a well-rounded experience of the region and its people.

While construction of the centre is still underway to eventually include an African restaurant and a chalet for travellers, the centre regularly hosts cultural evenings in the kraal where guests can watch and participate in traditional dancing and indulge in an African-style buffet.

Speaking about the project, Goodman Nkosi said that it had brought a sense of purpose to the lives of some of the youth who make up the performing ensemble. “This work keeps them occupied; they therefore are not idle and are less likely to participate in social ills like crime.”

“Culture is an important yet often understated part of tourism and highlighting this sector will not only instil a sense of pride in the people, but it will allow visitors to get to know the people of Mpumalanga and how they live,” said Nkosi

The sophisticated choreography of the dance routine proves that this is more than a hobby for the cast as during the interaction segment of the show guests were invited up to give it a try and found that it isn’t quite as simple as it looks. The professional performers spend hours and even days perfecting their craft and keeping fit is a prerequisite.

 

Visitors to this centre can expect to leave with a deeper appreciation of African culture and customs and a genuine connection to the people of this region.