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NLFB presents Black Umfolosi in concert Dec. 3

This weekend’s show by the Zimbabwean group is an all-ages event
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Black Umfolosi.

Northern Lights Festival Boréal presents a concert this weekend featuring Black Umfolosi of Zimbabwe.

The show runs starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 at Collège Boréal.

Black Umfolosi has had a remarkable career, and they continue to delight audiences worldwide, said a press release from NLFB.

They’ve toured the world, established an arts and culture centre in their home country, and their members even performed for Queen Elizabeth. 

Audiences can expect beautiful, rich harmony vocals and vibrant dance, in a similar style to groups such as Ladysmith Black Mambazo. 

Black Umfolosi is a self-taught acapella (Imbube) singing and traditional dance group that was formed in 1982 by the then school-age members, who wanted to develop themselves and contribute to their community. 

Specializing in imbube music, gumboot dance and Zulu dance, Black Umfolosi has toured extensively nationally and internationally –Europe, USA, Canada, Australia and Asia. They have represented Zimbabwe at international events such as Expo 1992 in Seville, Spain and the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.

After finding success as a touring group, Black Umfolosi soon found the need to visit people around the world, to see and learn about different traditions. They made it their mission to demonstrate and teach others around the world (including other African countries) about Southern African, traditional dance and music. Black Umfolosi expanded to become Black Umfolosi Performing Arts Project, acquired land and constructed an Arts Centre.

The group’s 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 are a highlight of their shows, showcasing the traditions of southern African mining regions. Their powerful, and most recent album Washabalal'umhlaba, was released in 2020. The title translates as “The Earth Perishes,” an expression of concern regarding climate change and the environment. 

The Dec. 3 concert is an all-ages event, with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks available. Doors are at 7 p.m., with the show starting around 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 (including HST) in advance and $40 at the door. 

They are available at nlfb.ca/tickets, and at the following outlets in Sudbury: The Northern Lights Festival Boréal office (19 Grey St. Suite 3), and A&J Home Hardware (469 Bouchard St.). NLFB would like to give special thanks to Collège Boréal for their support of this event. For more information please visit www.nlfb.ca or contact 705-674-5512.