24 February 2018
   
ZRP regrets killing two people in Harare
Chamisa acting pres after 6 hour indaba
Sorry Gogo! Mwonzora to Tsvangirai's mom
Visionless Mzembi a glory seeker: ex-aide
Shumba rails at ED ‘mafia’ government
Malema to SA: Learn from Zim blunders
Zanu PF MP books all rally venues till polls
Zanu PF youths shocked Mugabe was ousted
MORE NEWS
Diamond sales: Zim seeks Botswana help
GMB in record 1,5m metric tonnes of cereals
MORE BUSINESS
Mnangagwa: Tuku is our music icon
Zim musician among top world biz leaders
MORE SHOWBIZ
Williams, Zhuwao recalled for Cricket WC ties
Cameroonian coach for Masvingo FC
MORE SPORTS
Morgan Tsvangirai a dear, just leader
New era: Changing Zimbabwe’s past
MORE OPINION
 
Tsvangirai aide farewell to iconic boss
In the aftermath of Tsvangirai's death
MORE COLUMNISTS
 
 

US: Zimbabwe’s Black Umfolosi brings the rhythm to Behrend


Performing Tuesday as part of its new North American tour ... Black Umfolosi

12/02/2018 00:00:00
by Goerie.com
 
Formed by school friends in 1982 ... Black Umfolosi
 
RELATED STORIES

UNITED States: The all-male performance group brings rich, heartfelt harmonies to local audiences during a free Tuesday concert at Pennsylvania State University.

Last October, Nobuntu, a female quintet brought the sometimes humorous, sometimes sad, but always warmly sympathetic a capella vocal style of Ndebele music to Penn State Behrend’s Music at Noon: The Logan Series.

Now it’s time for the all-male Black Umfolosi to take the stage this Tuesday during the college’s Rhythms of Life Series.

Those not too familiar with the joyous and deep music of Zimbabwe, will probably at least recognize the sound. It was all over the soundtrack to Disney’s mammoth “The Lion King” franchise, as filtered through the South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

The call-and-response forms, rich, gospelly vocal harmonies, wry humor and deep feeling are all there. So is rhythm and a rich theatrical sensibility.

Both come together in a signature moment of Black Umfolosi’s show, which is hitting the road for a new North American tour February through mid-April.

In the Gumboot Dance, the shirtless members of Black Umfolosi stomp onstage wearing rubber Wellington boots, called gumboots in South Africa.

The dance is a narrative with music about the joys and travails of that country’s miners, but despite the language barrier, anyone in the audience can recognize the gestures of shoveling and digging that are so vividly mimed.

This article is taken from goerie.com



Advertisement


 
Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it

Del.icio.us

Reddit

Newsvine

Nowpublic

Stumbleupon

Face Book

Myspace

Fark

 
 
 
comments powered by Disqus
 
RSS NewsTicker