Zimbabwe’s Black Umfolosi Making a Mariposa Appearance
More than three decades on the music scene, Zimbabwe’s a cappella ambassadors, Black Umfolosi, continue to delight audiences around the world.
Formed by young school friends, the group was named for the Umfolozi Omnyama River where their ancestry can be traced.
Their performances are inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native Africa, and conveyed with unrivaled beauty and passion.
With melodic harmonies mixed with intricate rhythms, clicking and clapping; accompanied by movements from the subtle to vibrant stomping and leaping; every show blends gentleness of spirit with exuberant dance and song.
The wonderful result is a completely absorbing performance.
Lomax Project is the latest adventure of two-time Juno winning musician, producer, educator and collaborator, Jayme Stone.
Focusing on songs collected by renowned folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this musical reawakening brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, reinvigorate and re-imagine traditional music.
The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk ranging from muleskinners, roustabouts, sawyers, and prisoners, to homemakers and schoolchildren.