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National Arts Council mourns the death of Yengiwe Ngwenya

01 May 2020 at 08:51hrs | Views
The National Arts Council of Zimbabwe would like to express shock and sadness following the death of veteran Dancer and Actress Yengiwe Ngwenya popularly known as "Nambiji" or uMambatha from the television drama series "Isithembo".

The board, Management and staff of the NACZ, stakeholders and the entire arts fraternity would therefore like to send sincere condolences to the Ngwenya family following the passing on of one of the legendary icons of the arts industry in Zimbabwe.

Yengiwe was part of the legendary Thandanani Dance Ensemble which was formed in 1982 and was honoured in 2019 by the NACZ for its effort in preserving culture through traditional dances and imparting knowledge to the younger generation.

For 38 years she was part of the local arts scene, with "Ogogo bamasiko" toiling with their traditional dance routines of "Isitshikitsha" and "Whosana"as well as songs synonymous with Ndebele and Kalanga cultures of the southern region of Zimbabwe.

Her contribution will be solely missed in the arts sector as she wasa rare fine specimen of women in the arts, with a mission to preserve the country's traditional dance heritage. The creative sector will certainly never be the same without her again.

NACZ will forever cherish Mama Mangwenya's talent, dedication and passion in the Arts and Culture sector as she endured many hardships that she took within her stride to pursue a lifelong career of entertaining audiences on stage and on television.

May her soul rest in eternal peace.

Source - Nicholas Moyo
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