Thursday, October 5, 2023

Morogo wa Ngwana Traditional Dance troupe in South Korea

Local traditional dance troupe Morogo wa Ngwana left for Seoul, South Korea recently to perform at the Cheonan World Dance festival international competition that features countries such as China, Brazil, Turkey and Botswana  to name a few.

Morogo Wa Ngwana was formed back in 2004 by Tiego Mekgwe and since then the group has grown in leaps and bounds. They specialize in five dance styles; setapa, selete, sesubiya, phathisi and dikhwaere. In 2008, the group attended The President’s Day Celebrations for the first time but only reached the regional level. The group has in subsequent years managed to reach the finals, scooping the first position. They were invited to Kenya in 2013 to perform at Kenya’s 50th Independence celebrations.

Speaking on the trip to South Korea, the group’s general secretary Oteng Mantirisi said the group had arrived safely in Seoul and had since performed in the festivities. “Our traditional dance group was lucky to have participated in the international competition, the category in which we were performing was called the Korea Contemporary Dance Competition.” The group also competed against sixteen other countries .The competition started in a semi-final stage and only 10 groups made it to the final. He said the group made it to the final and managed to scoop position 4 and an encouragement prize of US$1200.00.


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