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Black Umfolosi’s song, dance and story to flaunt African culture again

The founding number Thomeki Dube in an interview to the local newspaper talked about how the stage is a platform where through a performance the way of living similar to the audience is showcased.


Black Umfolosi’s song, dance and story to flaunt African culture again
The founding number Thomeki Dube in an interview to the local newspaper talked about how the stage is a platform where through a performance the way of living similar to the audience is showcased.(Image credit: Youtube)

Black Umfolosi is a self-taught group of singers and dancers which was formed in the 1930s. popular for their hit song "unity", the group is specialized in gumboot dance and Zulu dance.

The group looks towards creating a global village in terms of Africa's cultural diversity. For the members, the public stage is not a place to flaunt themselves but is a platform to showcase African cultural diaspora and heritage. Their performances are a way of representing African cultural diversity among the masses to those who have no chance of visiting the African ethnic groups' colossal culture.

The founding number, Thomeki Dube in an interview to the local newspaper talked about how the stage is a platform where through their performance the way of living similar to that of the audience is showcased.

Black Umfolosi share dense culture, diversity, beliefs, and traditions through their dance, songs, and storytelling. The cultural and ancestral heritage of various groups found in Zimbabwe and South Africa are revealed to the audience.

The name of the group in itself is a reflection of South Africa's past. The group is named after Umfolosi Omnyama River in South Africa to which the communities share a sense of belonging.

The gumboot dance is a form which has the dancers in rubber boots. Similar to tap dance, gumboot requires tapping of rubber boots in a particular pattern to produce rhythms. Their music is created by stomping, clapping and dancing.

Known for sharing Africa's culture since last 35 years, the Umfolosi group is known for its visceral performances and uniqueness.

Coming with another ravishing performance, Black Umfolosi will grace the stage Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm.


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