Black Umfolosi

On Thursday Nov. 20 this Zimbabwe-based acapella vocal and dance troupe will be in town to perform a show at the Exchange. The show is being presented by the Regina Folk Festival as part of its concert series.

Formed in 1982, the group takes its name from their ancestral home near the Umfolozi Omnyama River in South Africa. They typically put on a high energy show, with lots of cultural touchstones related to their linguistic, music, dance and folklore traditions. One highlight is the gumboot dance that has roots in the mining regions of South Africa.

Doors at the Exchange for Thursday’s concert are at 7:30 p.m., with the show at 8 p.m., and tickets are  $18 advance and $25 door. You can find out more information on the RFF website. To give you a sense of what to expect here’s video from a few years ago of the group performing the song “Ikhaya”:

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