The Black Umfolosi crying out in euphoria.

Reviews of the Black Umfolosi

The following are reviews and clippings of the Black Umfolosi's live performances, their CD releases and their interactive workshops.

Review Source Review Text
The Rough Guide to Zimbabwe

"Zimbabwe's most internationally famous singing and dance group is Black Umfolosi... Their songs, sung in close, rich harmony, address general human concerns, love, family, spirit- as well as contemporary problems- wars, apartheid, the environment and AIDS. Their music is fresh and surprising, not only for the interesting text, but also for the typical intricate rhythms, unusual harmonies and interspersed clicking, clapping and shouting, which combine to produce a natural funky and rugged aura."

Folk Roots (fRoots)

"...Their singing is a marvelous blend of rhythm, melody and harmony welded together with enormous complexity but ending up with a sound which is acting simplicity..."

Sydney Morning Herald

"There is no doubt that anyone interested in the shimmering vocal harmonies and compulsive rhythms which characterize Southern African vocal harmony groups will be mesmerized by Black Umfolosi..."

Glasgow Herald

"Marvelous harmonies...spine-tingling gospel singing...bare-torsoed, hard-hatted gum-boot dancing"

The Scotsman

"...Extraordinarily exuberant dancers...stunning, colourful and one hundred and one percent engaging..."

The Bath Chronicle

"...in a dramatic display of a cappella song punctuated by tongue clicking, hand movements and dance...the full harmonic potential of the human voice..."

Salisbury Journal

"...Sheer energy radiates from this world-famous group...a cappella singing...rich and fascinating, bursting with life yet under perfect control."