Black Umfolosi leaves for Canada

BULAWAYO - Imbube and mbaqanga outfit, Black Umfolosi, left for a one-month tour of Canada yesterday which will take them to several cities in the North American country.

The veteran Bulawayo outfit, which traditionally tours either Europe or America at least twice a year, left through South Africa buoyed by the Zimbabwe Music Award (Zima) award in the acapella category they won mid last week.

Black Umfolosi co-leader Sotsha Moyo told the Daily News before their departure that the Zima award had boosted spirits in their camp.

“This is indeed a double celebration. Just after being recognised for our efforts in the music industry, we have been presented with a great chance to once again represent Zimbabwe.

“We want to assure everyone that we will give it our best shot,” said Moyo.

The co-leader of the Summer Time singers — who had to hold series of fundraising concerts to raise money to buy tickets to Canada — said they were ready to present to music fans in that country “memorable exhilarating and fun-filled performances.”

“Our performances are starting on November 5 and will end on December 9.

“Every single day, we will be staging a show. It will be quite a hectic programme but we are looking forward to it,” added Moyo. The six -member band’s one- month tour will include concerts in Edmonton, Kensington, Toronto, Winnipeg and several other cities.

The outfit is looking forward to returning to the country they last toured in 2009.

“Canada has been one of our favourite destinations. People there love our music like something else.

“As I speak, our promoter has just informed us that all the bookings for our shows have been confirmed,” he said.

“Black Umfolosi is a big name and we will have to be at our best to prove that we are still as good as we were during our early years.”

As part of the tour, the City of Kings ensemble will also conduct workshops in dance, voice and theatre.

Last year, the outfit widely regarded as Zimbabwe’s cultural ambassadors, toured United Kingdom and Ireland where they performed at various international arts, music and cultural festivals.

The group, which has been in the music industry for more than three decades, is among the most widely-travelled music groups in Zimbabwe.

As they have done on each of their international tours, the group — made popular by their unique combination of rhythmic African dances and beautifully crafted harmonies — will devote some time to issues of climate change.

“We have composed songs on climate change that we will be performing at all of our shows as we seek to put in the spotlight the subject which has become a key global issue,” said Moyo.

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