The Kongoma Dance group will be hosting its second annual dance competition on the 9th of December where 12 groups from almost all the regions will be battling it out for a cash price of N$20 000.
The founder of Kongoma Namibia, Issy Nakamwe, tells Vibe that the dancing competition gives aspiring dancers an opportunity to compete against each other while getting the necessary exposure to boost up their dance careers.
“Prizes to be won do not only include a cash prize of N$20 000 but the winners will also get gift vouchers from Dance Sport Namibia, Street house , Home Corp, and Coca Cola hampers,” he says.
The Kongoma team has been travelling across the country for the past few months scouting for talented dancers to compete at the end of the year and has managed to get up to twelve groups which consist of 6 dancers.
“We have dancing groups that came from different regions, the only place we haven’t gone to is Rundu and some other small towns, but they are ready and just waiting for the main day,” Nakamwe says.
Nakamwe says his inspiration to host such an event comes from the experience he has had in the streets dancing at a young age and his desire is to see talented youth prospering.
The judges for the event are radio personality NSK, Jossy Joss, MaGuire, Kama Nakandudungile and it will be directed by Milton and Queen.
“This competition continues to shine a light on dancers who are grossly overshadowed by artists even though they are both in the art of expressionism, and should be celebrated as such,” he says.
According to Nakamwe, although the first competition was held last year where a group called Hosala boys won, many dancers have continued to show interest and have requested for it to take place on an annual basis.
There will also be a special appearance by West Champs and performances by local artists such as King Elegance, Top Cheri and Wiseman Damara Punch.