Black Umfolosi

A group of people dancing and playing instruments.

Black Umfolosi are inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native southern Africa, with a beauty and enthusiasm that is unrivalled.  Formed in 1982 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, the band is named after the Umfolozi Omnyama River – an area to which their ancestors can be traced to.

Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and song with an exuberance in dance. Their trademark harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping are highlighted during their brilliantly choreographed shows with a full range of movements from subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping. Their famous Gumboot Dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser.

Arguably Zimbabwe’s greatest ambassadors, the group have toured the UK many times building up a lasting relationship with venues and their fans.

Marvellous harmonies, spine-tingling gospel singing and bare-torsoed, hard-hatted gumboot dancing

Glasgow Herald

A marvellous blend of rhythm, melody and harmony welded together with enormous complexity, but ending up with a sound that is acting simplicity

F Roots