A concert to raise your spirits
Black Umfolosi 5, Bury St Edmunds Festival, Theatre Royal, Wednesday May 19
The five young men from Zimbabwe who sang and danced on the stage of the Theatre Royal on Wednesday night quickly won the hearts of the audience and provided a heart-warming evening of entertainment from another continent.
The ‘a capella’ singing was consistently excellent, with rich harmonies and attractive timbres, somewhat reminiscent of the well known Ladysmith Black Mambazo, and reflecting various aspects of everyday human experience and African life.
Mother Africa started the concert, reminding us of the performers’ roots, and the songs which followed ranged from a representation of the familiar steam trains still widely used in Africa, to a sentimental reminiscence entitled Home Sweet Home.
Summertime made humorous references to ‘convertible cars’ and ‘amazing mini skirts’ whilst ‘I brought you up, my son’ was a more poignant piece about a man who moved from a village to the city and lost touch with his family.
With choreographed movements to accompany most songs, the performers also stepped forward to do individual dances, again reflecting homely African styles. The atmosphere of the concert was good-humoured and relaxed, and commentaries between the songs reflected on cultural curiosities and differences between Africa and The UK.
Near the end, after some enthusiastic audience participation, the performers reappeared in hard hats, colourful trousers and gumboots to perform rhythmic routines whose origins are in the mining areas of South Africa. This was a delightful concert which lifted the spirits and put a smile on your face.
- 1 'Calm, graceful and kind': Tributes paid to martial arts world champion
- 2 Snow falls in Suffolk overnight as cold snap set to continue
- 3 Matchday Recap: Outrageous Celina wins it for Town
- 4 Fire breaks out at British Sugar Factory
- 5 No timescale for when Suffolk road closed due to flooding can reopen
- 6 More than 20 drivers caught at speeds of 100mph on A14 within an hour
- 7 'The bigger picture is the result' - Cook on Crewe win
- 8 Ratings: How the Ipswich Town players performed in their 2-1 Crewe win
- 9 Ipswich Town 2-1 Crewe Alexandra: Celina brilliance just about enough to see Blues home
- 10 Obituary: Owner of huge collection of vintage tractors dies aged 75