Black Umfolosi

Black Umfolosi

 Bulawayo, Bulawayo, ZWE
BandWorldA Capella

Zimbabwe’s greatest ambassadors, performing music inspired by traditional songs & dances of their native southern Africa, with a beauty and enthusiasm that is unrivalled. They have become firm favourites worldwide due to their natural ability to communicate passion and feeling in their performances.


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. In 2010 The Black Umfolosi 5 continue to present their spectacular songs and dances thrilling audiences worldwide.

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.


“Their music is fresh and surprising, with typical intricate rhythms, unusual harmonies and interspersed clicking, clapping and shouting, which combine to produce a natural funky and rugged aura” THE ROUGH GUIDE

“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

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

Set List

1) NKOSI SIKELELA (God Bless) (Trad) (From the album Konyana)
A prayer for mother Africa to be blessed. This song is an anthem for many African countries.

2) UMA SITHETHELA (S.Moyo) (from Khuluma Lami)
When we consult our ancestral spirits, we believe they shall solve all our problems and we shall be cleansed for good health and good life. “But for this family it’s strange, because all is done accordingly, yet there are numerous problems day after day”

3) YES LORD (T Dube) (from Khuluma Lami)
A heartfelt song advising people to follow Christ.

4) SHOSHOLOZA (B. Phuti) (from the album Shosholoza)
A traditional song describing the sound and movement made by the steam trains through the mountains and valleys of Southern Africa.

5) KHULUMA LAMI (S Moyo) (from Khuluma Lami)
About the good things in life – enjoying, and appreciating each day.

6) IKHAYA ELIHLE (T.Dube) (from Khuluma Lami)
This song says there is no place like h