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[[File:Iyasa.jpg|300px|thumb|left|Iyasa]]''' Iyasa''' is a multi- award winning Zimbabwean performing arts school. Hailing from [[Bulawayo]], Iyasa hogged the limelight in the early 2000s when they featured on [[Chase Skuza]]'s 'Banolila' video.
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'''Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts''' which is menas Freedom for Young People, affectionately known as [[IYASA]] is a multi- award-winning Zimbabwean performing arts school which is based in [[Bulawayo]]. IYASA hogged limelight in the early 2000s when the group members featured on [[Chase Skuza]]'s ''Banolila'' video.
==History==
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A brainchild of Nkululeko Innocent Dube, the group started as a drama initiative at Mpopoma High School in Bulawayo. Dube left his job as  an English and Ndebele teacher at Mpopoma High School and Northlea High schools respectively and decided to go  full time into the arts. This is when he decided to form IYASA, a professional platform for young people involved in the arts.
 
 
==Background==
 
==Background==
Iyasa is an acronym for  Inkululeko Yabastha School of Arts which is loosely translated Freedom for Young People school of Arts. It was established in 2001 to support and promote the best interests of young musicians, dancers, actors and poets.<ref> Iyasa, [http://www.iyasa.net/index.php?id=about_us About IYASA], ''Iyasa'', Published: ND Retrieved: 16 Apr 2015 </ref> The group's infamy has jumped across borders and has become a household name in the country. Iyasa has raises the Zimbabwe flag high through their performances on the international scene. The group has toured many countries include U.S.A, Austria, Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, Slovakia, and U.K, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Italy, Lichtenstein and Croatia among others. In 2013 the dance group released their eighth studio album 'Afrika Alive'. The album carries 18 tracks sung in [[Ndebele]], English and German and a bit of Czech. From the  album two videos 'S'jaiva Sibancane'  and 'Yini Ndaba' were released.<ref> [http://www.newzimbabwe.com/showbiz-14965-IYASA+release+Afrika+Live+videos/showbiz.aspx IYASA release Afrika Live videos], ''New Zimbabwe'', Published: 20 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014 </ref>
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A brainchild of [[Nkululeko Innocent Dube]] who was a teacher by profession, the group started as a drama initiative at [[Mpopoma High School]] in [[Bulawayo]]. Dube then decided to quit his teaching profession to venture into arts on a full-time basis. This led to the birth of IYASA in 2001 as a professional platform for young people involved in the arts.
==Objectives==
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#To provide a platform for upcoming artistes to establish themselves in the arts market/industry.
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==Objectives of IYASA==
#To employ youths gainfully through the arts.
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*To provide a platform for upcoming artists to establish themselves in the artery. market/industry*
#To train artistes and thereby produce complete, disciplined and skilled artistes.
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To employ youths gainfully through the arts.
#To come up with programmes that develop arts within schools,communities locally ,regionally and internationally.
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*To train artists and thereby produce complete, disciplined and skilled artists.
#Organise exchange programmes,training programmes,collarborations with individual,groups,theatres, organisations across the world for the benefit artistes involved.
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*To come up with programmes that develop arts within schools, communities locally, regionally and internationally.
#Create productions that address issues that affect artistes,affect the youth and thrive to address them.
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*Organise exchange programmes, training programmes, collaborations with individuals, groups,theatres, organisations across the world for the benefits artists involved.
#Encourage and foster arts for young people and by young people.
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*Create productions that address issues that affect artists,affect the youth and thrive to address them.
==Plays==
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*Encourage and foster arts for young people and by young people.
The group has made numerous plays, some of which won them awards. They include China K, ,Elephant moon, Sisonke and Sleep well, Sweet Moon. The latter was nominated for the Belgian Young Audiences Musical Awards (Yama) in 2013. Iyasa was the only African group nominated for the awards.<ref>[http://www.herald.co.zw/iyasa-nominated-for-prestigious-award/ Iyasa nominated for prestigious award], ''The Herald'', Published: 6 September 2013, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014 </ref> among other finalists from Belgium, Brazil, Canada Denmark, France and the Netherlands.
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==Major Achievements==
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==IYASA enforce==
Apart from being an internationally acclaimed group, Iyasa continue to break new ground on the international scene. In 2013, three of the group members, Noma Mkwananzi, Silethemba Magonya and Pepsie Magonya appeared on billboards in New York.<ref> [http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-entertainment-sc-local-byo-39866-article-Iyasa+appears+on+New+York+billboards.html Iyasa appears on New York billboards], ''Bulawayo 24'', Published: 13 Dec 2013, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014 </ref>  
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Iyasa has raised the Zimbabwean flag through its performances on the international scene. The group has toured many countries include the United States of America (USA), Austria, Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, Slovakia, and U.K, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Italy, Lichtenstein and Croatia among others.  
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In 2013, the dance group released their eighth studio album 'Afrika Alive'. The album carries 18 tracks sung in different languages appealing to many people. <ref> [http://www.newzimbabwe.com/showbiz-14965-IYASA+release+Afrika+Live+videos/showbiz.aspx IYASA release Afrika Live videos], ''New Zimbabwe'', Published: 20 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014 </ref>. During the same year, it was also nominated for the Belgian Young Audiences Musical Awards (YAMA) for their play, ''Sweet Moon''. <ref>[http://www.herald.co.zw/iyasa-nominated-for-prestigious-award/ Iyasa nominated for prestigious award], ''The Herald'', Published: 6 September 2013, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014 </ref> among other finalists from Belgium, Brazil, Canada Denmark, France and the Netherlands.  
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In 2013, three of the group members, [[Noma Mkwananzi]], [[Silethemba Magonya]] and [[Pepsie Magonya]] appeared on billboards in New York.<ref> [http://bulawayo24.com/index-id-entertainment-sc-local-byo-39866-article-Iyasa+appears+on+New+York+billboards.html Iyasa appears on New York billboards], ''Bulawayo 24'', Published: 13 Dec 2013, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014 </ref>  
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==Filmography==
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The group has produced numerous plays. They include;
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* China K
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* Elephant moon
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* Sisonke
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* Sleep well
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* Sweet Moon
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==Awards==
 
==Awards==
*3 times winners of NAMA AWARD best dance group. (ZIMBABWE)
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*Best Dance Group (3 times), award conferred by the [[National Art Merits Awards | NAMA]]
*1 time winners of NAMA AWARD video of the year. (ZIMBABWE)
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*Video of the Year Award [[NAMA]]
*1 time winners of the NAMA AWARD people's choice dance group. (ZIMBABWE)
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*People's Choice Dance Group [[NAMA]]
*1 time winners of the ZIMA AWARD best dance group. (ZIMBABWE)
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*Best Dance Group, award conferred by the[[ Zimbabwe Music Awards | ZIMA]]
*1 time winners of the ZIMA AWARD video of the year. (ZIMBABWE)
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*Video of the Year Award [[ZIMA]]
*1 time winners of the NESCAFE Youth project of the year. (ZIMBABWE)
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*Youth Project of the Year conferred by NESCAFE  
*1 time producers of both NAMA best female and male dancers of the year. (ZIMBABWE)
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*International Ambassadors Award (Czech Republic).
*1 time winners of the international ambassadors award (Czech Republic).
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*TBA Best Production Award. (SERBIA)
*1 time winners of the TBA best production award. (SERBIA)
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*Audience's Best Performer's Award. (SERBIA)
*1 time winners of the audience's best performer's award. (SERBIA)
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Revision as of 14:48, 9 February 2015

Inkululeko Yabatsha School of Arts which is menas Freedom for Young People, affectionately known as IYASA is a multi- award-winning Zimbabwean performing arts school which is based in Bulawayo. IYASA hogged limelight in the early 2000s when the group members featured on Chase Skuza's Banolila video.

Background

A brainchild of Nkululeko Innocent Dube who was a teacher by profession, the group started as a drama initiative at Mpopoma High School in Bulawayo. Dube then decided to quit his teaching profession to venture into arts on a full-time basis. This led to the birth of IYASA in 2001 as a professional platform for young people involved in the arts.

Objectives of IYASA

  • To provide a platform for upcoming artists to establish themselves in the artery. market/industry*

To employ youths gainfully through the arts.

  • To train artists and thereby produce complete, disciplined and skilled artists.
  • To come up with programmes that develop arts within schools, communities locally, regionally and internationally.
  • Organise exchange programmes, training programmes, collaborations with individuals, groups,theatres, organisations across the world for the benefits artists involved.
  • Create productions that address issues that affect artists,affect the youth and thrive to address them.
  • Encourage and foster arts for young people and by young people.

IYASA enforce

Iyasa has raised the Zimbabwean flag through its performances on the international scene. The group has toured many countries include the United States of America (USA), Austria, Germany, Serbia, Czech Republic, South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia, Malawi, Slovakia, and U.K, Japan, Mexico, Montenegro, Italy, Lichtenstein and Croatia among others.

In 2013, the dance group released their eighth studio album 'Afrika Alive'. The album carries 18 tracks sung in different languages appealing to many people. [1]. During the same year, it was also nominated for the Belgian Young Audiences Musical Awards (YAMA) for their play, Sweet Moon. [2] among other finalists from Belgium, Brazil, Canada Denmark, France and the Netherlands.

In 2013, three of the group members, Noma Mkwananzi, Silethemba Magonya and Pepsie Magonya appeared on billboards in New York.[3]

Filmography

The group has produced numerous plays. They include;

  • China K
  • Elephant moon
  • Sisonke
  • Sleep well
  • Sweet Moon

Awards

  • Best Dance Group (3 times), award conferred by the NAMA
  • Video of the Year Award NAMA
  • People's Choice Dance Group NAMA
  • Best Dance Group, award conferred by the ZIMA
  • Video of the Year Award ZIMA
  • Youth Project of the Year conferred by NESCAFE
  • International Ambassadors Award (Czech Republic).
  • TBA Best Production Award. (SERBIA)
  • Audience's Best Performer's Award. (SERBIA)

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References

  1. IYASA release Afrika Live videos, New Zimbabwe, Published: 20 Mar 2014, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014
  2. Iyasa nominated for prestigious award, The Herald, Published: 6 September 2013, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014
  3. Iyasa appears on New York billboards, Bulawayo 24, Published: 13 Dec 2013, Retrieved: 16 Apr 2014