Black Umfolosi set for 14th album release

The group has scheduled a listening session for the upcoming album, ahead of its official launch.

BLACK Umfolosi founding member, Sotja Moyo has announced that the group is set to release its 14th album this year.

The group has scheduled a listening session for the upcoming album, ahead of its official launch.

The listening session will be held on October 25 at the Zimbabwe Open University with selected members from the public listening and previewing the album.

“There will be members of the general public, community leaders, the political elite and also the press. We decided to do this because it is part of our more than four decade journey in the arts.

“The session will lead us into the November 3 album launch at The Bulawayo Theatre. This will then be followed by community hall shows in the early months of next year before we embark on our international tour,” Moyo told Standard Style.

He said the junior members within the group came up with a listening session.

“This is a way to honor and celebrate our colourful arts journey. We are all very excited about it. At the moment, we are nervous but confident too because we believe we have given our best to come up with this production," Moyo said.

“We expect a very positive preview and learn from contributions that will be presented. The album is an eight piece CD, consisting of songs touching various topics of life, but dwelling more on encouragement to one faced with challenges of life. The title of the CD will be revealed on the day.”

 Talking about the four decades journey in the music industry, Moyo said: “This means a lot to us, it’s a dream goal for each and every musician to achieve a moment of managing to put your thoughts into a permanent record. More so that it's a mixed idea from both our juniors and us seniors. Above all we expect great reception from our new and old listeners.”

 The group has also rebranded by adding female vocals, sound and fresh blood to carry the legacy which aims at preserving its rich culture.

Established in March 1982, they call their music a “vocal newspaper,” delivering news that is both educational and entertaining through a cappella imbube singing and traditional Zulu dance.

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