By MOFFAT CHAZINGWA –
THE going commercial of Kitwe-based Mutenda Cultural Ensemble has given room for fellow town counterpart ensemble, Sungaumukoshi to prove their prowess in the cultural entertainment circles.
Sungaumukoshi, a 32-member cultural group, has fast come on the scene to establish themselves as a household name in the entertainment circles in Kitwe and the surrounding regions.
This attested by the numerous performances week-in week-out being put up by the outfit that has gone a mile of contributing two of its female members, Bibian Kapela and Gift Nakalumbi to the government-sponsored National Dance Troop.
The two were recruited last year prior to the staging of the historic United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) conference.
Sungaumukoshi coordinator, Emmanuel Chibamba in an interview with the Times Entertainment said the group has grown to what it is today because of its impressive cultural performances that have been appealing to members of the public.
Chibamba said Sungaumukoshi first came on the scene in 2003 as a 10-member group comprising six males and four females.
“At the time we started, Mutende was dominating the cultural entertainment circles but that did not discourage us from launching our group,” Chibamba said.
He said the group has been able to launch a mark on the entertainment scene because of the fact that it had remained glued to its initial ‘call of duty’ of being an ensemble that specialised in drama, traditional dance and music.
“We even play live music with all the instruments and that is what distinguishes us from the rest,” he said.
Chibamba said following the departure of two of its female members who went to join the National Dance Troop, the group recently went on a recruitment drive targeting schools.
“The recruitment exercise was successful because we managed to recruit a number of girls from local schools to boost our group,” Chibamba said.