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We are excited to welcome Black Umfolosi for their second visit to the Errington Hall.
The group formed in 1982 when talented high school friends decided to develop themselves as performing artists and contribute to their community. They took their name from Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa where their ancestors could be traced. Their uplifting shows are a mix of gentle spirit found in their trademark harmonies combined with exuberant choreography. Their famous gumboot dances showcase the traditional styles of Southern African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser.
Specialising in “imbube” a cappella music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance, Black Umfolosi has toured extensively nationally and internationally –Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. They have represented Zimbabwe at international events such as Expo 1992 in Seville, Spain and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada. The group has become firm favourites with audiences of all ages and cultures around the world because of their natural ability to communicate their passion and love for their culture.
Their latest album, ‘Washabalal’umhlaba’ (“the earth perishes”), includes original songs about the perils of climate change.
Of the six touring members, five are performers and one manages the group’s tour. For the first time, two of the artists are women.
Sotsha Moyo is the co-founder of Black Umfolosi. His skills as their lead vocalist have touched many souls. His is the front stage face of Black Umfolosi. Sotsha is a song writer, vocalist, choreographer, music trainer, and dancer. He shares administrative responsibilities with Thomeki Dube and Austin Chisare.
Austin Chisare’s character and discipline exemplify the power of the performing arts. A bass vocalist, dancer, and a talented guitarist, he plays both lead and bass guitars.
Sandi Dube’s dream to travel the world with Black Umfolosi has come true. She is an alto and soprano vocalist and a natural dancer. Educated in Zimbabwe, she has also studied Chinese language and culture in a Chinese university.
Luzibo Tabona Moyo trained as a ballet dancer from an early age at the same time as learning traditional singing and dancing. Luzibo currently sings tenor and alto and enjoys giving dance workshops.
Mthokozisi Moyo is a dancer and vocalist. A product of Black Umfolosi training programs, he has won several trophies as a traditional dancer. Mthokozisi is very creative in his approach to dance. He enjoys exchange programs and teaching dances from Southern Africa.
Thomeki Dube, the co-founding Director of Black Umfolosi, works behind the scenes contributing choreography and song writing. He is responsible for tour management and overall directorship. Thomeki values cultural diversity throughout the world.
Tickets are $20 at Shades of Green, Errington Store, and $22.50 online at https://ErringtonHall.Tickit.ca.
Kids ages 6 to 12 are $5 at the door; free under age 6.
Home baked goodies, ginger tea and Creekmore’s coffee are available from the kitchen.