THIS year’s Harare International Carnival will be a show not to miss if word from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) that the Brazilian Samba queens will grace the event which runs from May 16 to 25 is anything to go by.
The Rio Carnival, held in Brazil last week, is well known as the mother of all carnivals as their well-organised week-long festivities are intense with the Samba queens always being one of the main highlights because of their costumes. The showstoppers – who are popular for their sexually suggestive dance – are usually clad in nothing more than feathers and paint only covering their essential body parts.
A carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up in funky outfits, take to the streets and party like no one is watching. The celebrations mark an overturning of daily life.
Now in its second year, the nine-day Harare International Carnival jamboree, which will once again run under the theme: Celebrating our diversity, will be a melting pot of diverse cultures and activities. Sugar Chagonda, ZTA spokesperson said the event would see groups converging on Harare from different parts of the country to showcase their different cultures. Last year, Bulawayo sent in impressive groups including Magesh dance group who delivered world class acts. A total of 21 countries including Brazil, Trinidad & Tobago, Italy, Egypt, China, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Malawi, DRC, Kenya, Angola, Namibia, Jamaica, Sweden and Ethiopia among other countries have also confirmed their participation at the event.
Chagonda said they had renamed the Zimbabwe International Carnival to Harare International Carnival as a way of following international standards. He added that the carnival was an event being held to celebrate people’s diversity.
Melissa Mpofu Showbiz Editor