Zambia should harness the rich cultural diversity to promote tourism in the country, Tourism and Arts Minister Sylvia Masebo has said.
Ms Masebo said Zambia has more than 70 tribes and each of the tribes has a rich culture and heritage which could be used to promote tourism.
She said the vast cultural diversity in Zambia was unique as many countries did not have it and it was important that such a product was used to promote and grow the country’s tourism.
Ms Masebo was speaking in Livingstone at the weekend during the just ended Livingstone International Cultural Arts Festival.
“The Zambian tourism was mainly dependent on wildlife before the component of arts was added to the ministry. By bringing on board the component of arts and culture, the country’s tourism will be enhanced because Zambia has rich cultural diversities,” she said.
|Fast facts about Zambian Culture:|
|Number of tribes||More than 70|
|Culture of Zambia||Mainly Bantu|
|Zambian staple diet||Based on maize (thick porridge-nshima)|
|Most Zambian traditional music||Based on drums with a lot of singing and dancing|
|Popular traditional arts||Pottery, basketry, stools, fabrics, carvings|
Several international and local artists participated during the inaugural festival in Livingstone which took place on Friday and Saturday.
Seychelles Sega dancers, The Twsana cultural dancers, The Melodians Caribbean Steel Orchestra from the United Kingdom (UK), Sulumam Chimbetu Orchestra Dendera Kings, Chipawo Ensemble, Beverly Sibanda and dancing queen, Zoey Sifelani and The Red Angels from Zimbabwe were among the foreign cultural groups in attendance.
Cactus, JK, Pompi, Slap D, Amayenge groups and several Livingstone cultural groups were part of the festival at Royal Livingstone Golf and Country Club.
Ms Masebo said promoting domestic tourism was critical to ensuring that the sector survived.
By: Brian Hatyoka
Date: 25 June 2013