Black Umfolosi

Presented by Acoustic Harvest - Live Music East.

Kicking off our 22nd season, we are so thrilled to present this joyous Zimbabwe group in a rare and special Toronto appearance.

Black Umfolosi were formed in 1982 by school friends in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, who named themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa- to where their ancestors can be traced.

Their performances are energy driven and completely engaging, mixing a great gentleness of spirit and soulful 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 and Zulu dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser.

Notable Quotes:

‘The guys are so inspiring, their harmonies and dance are just so wonderful and they are such lovely people it was truly an amazing Master Class. Thank you!!’ Platform One
"Marvellous harmonies, spine-tingling gospel singing and bare-torsoed, hard-hatted gumboot dancing” GLASGOW HERALD

“It was the best of all the festival, They have an incredible way to sing, to dance, a beautiful presence on the stage. Their simplicity, naturalness and cheerfulness was for us, at the end of the festival a beautiful present. MILAN FESTIVAL JULY 2007

“Their singing is 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

Please join us for a joyful, uplifting evening of charismatic music and dance.

Lillian and the AH Team with Jason LaPrade on sound.