Black Umfolosi

It was the best of all the festival, They have an incredible way to sing, to dance, a beautiful presence on the stage. Their simplicity, naturalness and cheerfulness was for us, at the end of the festival a beautiful present.”  Milan Festival

Black Umfolosi performances are inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native southern Africa, with a beauty and enthusiasm that is unrivalled.

Their 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 showcase the traditional styles and rituals of the South African mining regions and are a particular crowd pleaser.

The group formed in 1982 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, naming themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River –an area to which their ancestors can be traced to.

Arguably Zimbabwe’s greatest ambassadors, the group have toured the UK many times building up a lasting relationship with venues and their fans.

The group have a natural ability to communicate passion and feeling in their spectacular performances that thrill audiences worldwide.

Black Umfolosi also provide inspirational song and dance WORKSHOPS to suit all age ranges and are a sheer joy to experience.

“An absolutely superb night had by all. Amazing musicianship and showmanship, really well received by a lively crowd.” – Adam Laughton, Wiltshire Live Music Centre

“You just blew us away!! We really enjoyed working with you; it was so much fun learning your brilliant moves and songs with you… we were taught by the best!” School children – Workshop in Cheshire



Booking now for June 2024 UK Tour, June/July.


African, World


Band, Ensemble



Mark Kelly