Kutamba! means to dance or to play in Zimbabwe’s main language, Shona. Kutamba School of Performing Arts was set up in 2003. It enables children, youth and adults to explore Africa’s performance heritage and explore positive images of Africa through discussion, the use of the internet and African theatre and other visual art forms. It is however an intercultural project working with people of all backgrounds through courses for different age groups.

Kutamba School of Performing Arts
It has been led by Richard Mahachi originally from Umkhatii Theatre Works and Tonderai Phiri both from Bulawayo. It was led originally by Mandla Sibanda from Sunduza who tragically passed away in March 2012 causing an immense leadership loss to the school.

The project is steered through SEMEA (Southern E Media Education & Arts), a not for profit organisation. SEMEA is based in Sheffield and supports capacity building projects through culture with young people in and from Southern Africa it relies heavily on the work of its volunteer trustees and volunteer members of its projects. It continues to support the link with the Es'phakeni youth Arts centre in Pumula Bulawayo. Over the coming year 2015/16 we hope to see a new programme develop but currently funding limitations have curtailed our main activities. However the Kutamba team are available for team building and school projects and intersted parties should contact Philip weiss at SEMEA, the administrator.

Owen Ncube

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