A not-to-be-missed first for New Mills, Black Umfolosi 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 dance shows that demonstrate a full range of movements, from the subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping! The group formed in 1982 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, naming themselves after the Umfolozi Omnyama River, an area to which their ancestors can be traced. 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. This very special performance for New Mills Festival will also feature local young people that have been taught dance moves by the band earlier the same day.