Black Umfolosi fundraises for Canada tour

BULAWAYO - Black Umfolosi, the veteran imbube outfit based in the City of Kings, is raising funds for their tour of Canada set for November.

The forthcoming tour of North America will be the widely travelled group’s first international tour this year.

Sotsha Moyo, the imbube outfit’s co-leader, told the Daily News that the fundraising drive would begin in earnest next Friday with a show at the National Gallery in Bulawayo.

“We are currently arranging quite a number of shows here and in Harare that we will use to fundraise for our tour,” said Moyo.

“As seasoned artistes we feel we can’t be seen begging for money and that is why we have chosen to do it for ourselves using our God-given talents.”

The Black Umfolosi co-leader said his group was currently in talks with a Harare-based promoter who is keen to arrange a fundraising show for them in the capital city.

“We are looking at two shows here and two in the capital city in the course of next month. We will also be targeting the corporate sector in August,” said Moyo.

At their first fundraising show yesterday, Moyo said they would share the stage with upcoming Afro Jazz stars Thandy Dlana, Xolani “Ex Mile” Ndlovu and the South Africa-based Nation Gospel ensemble.

“The good thing is that our shows are much more than a fund-raising crusade; we also be giving some upcoming acts a platform to showcase what they are capable of doing. It’s also to say to our people here in Bulawayo we have what it takes to deserve their support.”

The six-member band’s two months tour of Canada will include concerts in Edmonton, Kensington, Toronto and Winnipeg among other cities.

Black Umfolosi, which has been in existence for more than three decades, has over the years made at least two international tours every year.

Last November, the Bulawayo group, which celebrated 30 years in the music industry two years ago, toured New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

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