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Friday 29th June 2012

Black Umfolosi showcased on new compilation, undertaking international tour

THE ZIMBABWEAN vocal and dance ensemble Black Umfolosi celebrates 30 years with a new retrospective collection 'Summertime: Best Of Black Umfolosi'. The compilation is released through ARC Records. 'Summertime: The Best Of Black Umfolosi' presents 12 songs handpicked by the band members themselves from their eight albums. The group are currently undertaking an international tour with concerts in Rhyl (16th July), Powys (19th), Chipping Norton (20th), Craignish (23rd) and Inverness (24th). While the band usually performs internationally as the Black Umfolosi 5, during the summer and autumn of 2012 the full eight-piece band has assembled for international touring.

Black Umfolosi consider their work to be not just entertainment or a route to renown, but as a means of reviving Zimbabwean - particularly Ndebele - culture and introducing it abroad. Said founding member Thomeki Dube, "One of our aims is to preserve our traditions and culture. In the modern world people can lose their sense of identity, lose their roots. We believe that by teaching children about our culture, we can help everyone to realise the importance of their own culture, wherever they are from." CR

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