Black Umfolosi off to Ireland

BULAWAYO - Internationally-recognised imbube outfit Black Umfolosi will tomorrow embark on a month-long tour of the Republic of Ireland.

The Bulawayo-based group, which was formed soon after Zimbabwe’s independence, are touring the European county with six members instead of their normal cast of eight.

Sotsha Moyo, one of the group’s co-leaders, says the tour is another opportunity to demonstrate that they are still one of Africa’s traditional music ambassadors.

“Some people believe that imbube is now an out-dated type of music, but I guess being invited year-after-year to take part in international shows demonstrates how popular and powerful this genre is,” Moyo told the Daily News.

“We are going to be out there for one month and 11 days which gives us the opportunity to showcase our proud African culture. We are going there to raise our country’s flag high,” he added.

According to the Black Umfolosi co-leader, the group will have daily shows throughout the tour.

“We have a very tight schedule where we will be performing almost every day.

“We will also be conducting community workshops. I am happy to say we are well-prepared for all that”.

Black Umfolosi will release their ninth album which will be accompanied by a DVD upon their return to Zimbabwe from the European tour.

The last time the Bulawayo-based Unity singer-toured Europe was in August last year.

Black Umfolosi, who celebrated their 30th anniversary last year, performed as the closing act at the just-ended Intwasa Arts Festival.

The gumboot dancers became a household name after they released the title track Unity.

The track was composed soon after the signing of the Unity Accord between Zanu PF and PF Zapu.

Black Umfolosi’s other tracks include Istofotofo, Intombi yalumfana, One voice, Shosholoza, Konyana, Umbulali, Xoxani lixolelane, Hosanna yekudenga and Khuluma lami.

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