The Culture Fund of Zimbabwe Trust through its Arts Mobility programme facilitated by the Production and Access to Markets Thematic Area made possible by funds from the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida), extended a travel grant to Black Umfolosi as they travel to the United Kingdom, Estonia and France.
Black Umfolosi are an internationally acclaimed multi-discipline performing arts group specialising in harmonic acappella singing and traditional African dance, based in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The original members have developed their skills and their organization to a point where the now 18 members provide a multitude of services in the performing arts industry in Zimbabwe and internationally. Compared to the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo of South Africa, Black Umfolosi, tour extensively from their homeland Zimbabwe to the UK, Australia, Asia, Europe, Canada and the USA.
They have released a number of recordings that feature singing styles of Imbube, Mbaqanga and Township songs. Their dynamic live performances showcase the traditional dancing styles of the Southern African region as well as the more contemporary styles and movements they develop themselves.
The Culture Fund wishes the group a successful tour of Europe.
Their remaining scheduled tour dates and venues are as follows:
01-July FRANCE Voix d’Ete en Creuse
01-Aug FRANCE Voix d’Ete en Creuse
02-Aug FRANCE Voix d’Ete en Creuse
04-Aug SIDMOUTH FESTIVAL
05-Aug DARTINGTON, The Steiner School
The Culture Fund envisions a thriving Zimbabwe that is confident in its innovation and creativity that is nurtured through a culture of open dialogue and creation of knowledge accessible to all its citizens. The Culture Fund with programme support funds from the Swedish International Development Agency(Sida) plays a leading role in gearing the country towards becoming a creative society benefiting from a creative economy. It supports the cultural sphere through results-based programming.