Black Umfolosi have toured the world and will be performing in Revelstoke on March 24. (Black Umfolosi/Facebook)

World renowned dance and acapella group to perform in Revelstoke

Black Umfolosi will take the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre stage on March 24

They want their music to flow like water. That’s why they named their group after a river, says Thomeki Dube, a founding member of Black Umfolosi. On March 24 the world renowned acapella and dance group will be performing in Revelstoke.

“We are pretty excited because we have never really had a group come from Africa to perform in Revelstoke before,” says Miriam Manley, the Revelstoke Arts Council’s executive director. “I came across them a few years ago and then the chair of my board saw them at a music festival and thought they were amazing.”

After travelling across the country, the Zimbabwe-based group say they are looking forward to performing at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre.

It’s not a typical gig for the group who have performed in some of the biggest theatres in the world, but Dube said it provides a greater opportunity for the artists to connect with audience members.

“It’s different,” says Dube. “But we feel the warmth of our audiences around the world. People enjoy and love what we are sharing with them, and they identify with Black Umfolosi because of it. There’s a lot of sharing and interaction involved in our performance.”

Black Umfolosi was started at a boarding school 36 years ago by a group of friends.

The young adults saw their peers gravitating towards the “breakdance culture” and felt that if they didn’t preserve their traditional song and dance then future generations would never know it existed.

The group takes its name from the Umfolosi-Umnaya River in South Africa where they have traced their ancestral heritage to.

Dube says he can’t believe they are still together and touring the world, but it is a testament to the power of their performance art. He said he is humbled and privileged by the opportunity to share his culture with others.

“The group has been together for 36 years,” says Dube. “It’s been quite an amazing journey of friends from that time to now. And the group is still going strong traveling across the world and experiencing different cultures and exchanging it with different ones.”

Manley says the event will be open to all ages and hopes to see families in attendance.

The show is slated to take place on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre.

Tickets are 20$ for adults and 10$ for children.


@Jnsherman
jake.sherman@revelstokereview.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Revelstoke Council continues support of chartered flights for 2019

Chartered flights between Revelstoke and Vancouver will again be offered come winter.… Continue reading

Falkland artist favours, fights for fish

Lottie Kozak does all kinds of art; one of her favourite subjects, fish, is dwindling

NDP executive steps down in North Okanagan Shuswap

in-house ‘spending scandal’ blamed for Saturday’s resignation decision

Vernon second-degree murder suspect found not criminally responsible

Angelo Gabriel Monfort’s matter will be put to the British Columbia Review Board

Penticton man dies in Lavington train incident

Sunday afternoon incident claims 25 year old

Homeless people living on ‘Surrey Strip’ move into modular housing

BC Housing says 160 homeless people are being moved into temporary Whalley suites from June 19 to 21

Heat wave could lead to record-breaking electricity use: BC Hydro

Monday was a hot one, and many turned to fans and air conditioners for relief from the heat

Eagle’s death causes power outage

Thousands of Salmon Arm residents were without power for about an hour on Monday night

Private schools continue to top Fraser Institute rankings

Think tank says its ratings are fair to all schools, public and private

Former Somali child refugee fights to stay in Canada

Former child refugee Abdoul Abdi’s judicial review set for today in Halifax

U.S. border separations ripple through midterm campaigns

Several Republicans to break from President Donald Trump amid boarder separation issues

AFN chief accused of being too close to Trudeau

Perry Bellegarde insists he is not that close to the Liberals as elections looms

Three injured after industrial explosion in Newfoundland

The roof of the warehouse was blown off in the explosion near St. John’s

Most Read