The band will entertain audiences with heartfelt traditional songs and dance from their native southern Africa – 23rd October at the Horsebridge Arts Centre, Whistable, 6th November the Ashford Youth Theatre and 7th November at the Quarterhouse in Folkestone. The events will also feature interactive workshops.
Black Umfolosi was 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. Over the years the band have toured extensively and 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!
The group’s popular, mesmerising Gumboot dances showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions.
The Equator Festival, organised by Shiva Nova, runs until the 3rd December across a number of venues in Ashford, Chatham, Folkestone and Whitstable.
Priti Paintal director of ShivaNova said: “We are thrilled to be promoting such a wide range of high-quality music events in Kent .This season we have some spectacular acts which in addition to the gum boot dances from the sell-out Zimbabwean group Black Umfolosi, Gypsy and Latin sounds and a rather special Indian dinner and dance event”. www.equatorfestival.com
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