Monday, February 16, 2015

Seven Videos Of Black Umfolosi 5 (Traditional Zimbabwean Music & Dance)

Edited by Azizi Powell

This post showcases seven videos of the Zimbabwean performance group Black Umfolosi 5.

The content of this post is presented for cultural, entertainment, and aesthetic purposes.

All copyrights remain with their owners.

Thanks to Black Umfolosi 5 and thanks to the publishers of these videos on YouTube. Thanks also to all those who are quoted in this post.

"Black Umfolosi is a self taught Acappella (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. Specialising 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."

"The Black Umfolosi 5
World famous acappella and dance group from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s greatest ambassadors, performing music inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native southern Africa, with a beauty and enthusiasm that is unrivalled.
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 2013 The Black Umfolosi 5 continue to present their spectacular songs and dances thrilling audiences worldwide."

These videos are presented in chronological order based on their publishing dates on YouTube with the examples with the oldest dates presented first.

Example #1: black umfolosi [song title?]

flogfi1 Uploaded on Feb 7, 2009

Festival Musica dei Popoli 2002

Example #2: Umfolosi 5 sing "Shosholoza" at the Royal Oak, Lewes

VicandTinaSmith Uploaded on Jun 18, 2010

Black Umfolosi 5 from Zimbabwe sing "Shosholoza" at The Royal Oak in Lewes on Thursday 3rd June 2010

Example #3: Black Umfolosi - Ingoma Yakwethu (Catch Our Song)

Brucieboo24 Uploaded on Sep 10, 2010

Black Umfolosi from Zimbabwe singing 'Ingoma Yakwethu (Catch Our Song)

Example #4: The Black Umfolosi 5

Adastra Music, Uploaded on Feb 4, 2011

Example #5: The Black Umfolosi 5 - Gumboot Dance

BlackUmfolosiMusic, Uploaded on Nov 15, 2011

Example #6: The Black Umfolosi 5 - Lion Sleeps Tonight

BlackUmfolosiMusic Uploaded on Nov 15, 2011

Example #7: Black Umfolosi Bazali bethu/ Helele Mama Afrika/ Take me home

kris berwouts, Published on Sep 12, 2012

From the album Festival - Umdlalo

"Zimbabwe's most internationally famous singing and dance group is Black Umfolosi... Their songs, sung in close, rich harmony, address general human concerns, love, family, spirit- as well as contemporary problems- wars, apartheid, the environment and AIDS. Their music is fresh and surprising, not only for the interesting text, but also for the typical intricate rhythms, unusual harmonies and interspersed clicking, clapping and shouting, which combine to produce a natural funky and rugged aura" The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe.

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