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Young Jerahuni going places

By Constance van Niekerk, SA

NAMA Award Winner and highly talented Macintosh Pedzisayi Jerahuni, founder of ‘The Jerahuni Movement Factory and ‘The Jerahuni Band is making waves everywhere he goes. And he definitely is on the move!  Jerahuni is a creative dancer and choreographer at ‘The Tumbuka Contemporary Dance Company of Zimbabwe.

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Jerahuni returns home today; Sunday the 26th of July, from Namibia where he has been for a fortnight. The Namibia trip gave him an opportunity to premier and test his latest creation; Chirorodziva/ The Sleeping Pool. He was also busy with workshops and choreography at The College of the Arts dance group, Da-Mai Dance Ensemble whose new dance is called The Breath of Origins.

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Says Jerahuni:

The Breath of Origins was inspired by our day to day survival. The fight for survival, the xenophobia attacks and those things that know us from the back of our heads and yet we cannot name them

The Chirorodziva is a concept that was derived from Zimbabwe’s sacred Chinhoyi Caves. When he talks about the caves Jerahuni waxes lyrical:

It’s beautiful beyond expression; the sun’s rays penetrate down the large hole, illuminating the water into a lovely blue colour. The water is so still, calm and inviting, but don’t dare go near it. This is the famous Chirorodziva or the Sleeping Pool. Things have been known to happen there.

Jerahuni trained and cut his teeth at Savannah Arts where he learned to play marimba, the mbira, and percussion. He also received voice training there. His brothers incidentally introduced him to dance and convinced him to pursue it as a career.  He did so and has never looked back!

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In the last few days Jerahuni did a performance titled, ‘Pamwe’ at the College of Arts in Namibia. His busy schedule has recently included a performance of Portrait of Myself as my Father’ at the 2015 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown,  South Africa (2 July – 12 July) and shortly before that, at the HIFA 2015 in Harare.

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For Jerahuni, the world stage seems to be beckoning!

All photos courtesy of Macintosh Pedzisayi Jerahuni

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About Editor

Constance van Niekerk is a South African-based Zimbabwean-born creative writer, poet, music lover, spoken word artist, freelance writer, blogger and educator. She has contributed to several anthologies and published her own collection, Echoes of My Heart: A Poetry Collection available for purchase on all Amazon Stores Worldwide. She is also Editor at ZimOnlineNews. Follow her on Twitter : @convanniekerk Connect with her on Facebook and Linkedin.

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