Nigel Siziba, Sunday Life Reporter
PEOPLE without knowledge of their history, origin and culture are like a tree without roots. Talking of the significance of culture TG Silundika Cultutal Centre in Gala village, Bulilima East in Plumtree will host TibaKalanga Festival that seeks to revive the Kalanga traditions on 8 and 9 September.
Matildah Hikwa, one of the organisers, said the second edition of the festival will be hosted under the theme Tihha Kobva Pasisila (to develop you must take a step) “This is the second edition. We held the same festival last year and it was a success and this year we are running under the theme Tihha Kobva Pasisila (to develop you must take a step) so as Kalanga people we have taken a step to resuscitate our ethnicity,” she said.
She said this festival is meant to breathe life to Kalanga traditions and is also a uniting factor of the Kalanga people.
“Basically this festival seeks to promote our culture and to bring all the Kalanga people together in the rebuilding of our prestigious culture, but everyone is invited regardless of race or tribe. We are happy that in this festival we will have Pathisa Nyathi as the guest of honour and Nleya the Kalanga historian will also be in attendance,” she said.
Entertainment will be provided by Buffalo King, Destruction Girls and Black Umfolosi Juniors. While the festival seeks to revive Kalanga culture, it also celebrates the life of the late nationalist George Silundika.