BULAWAYO – Bulawayo-based imbube outfit Umdumo Wesizwe has left on a four-month tour of Europe which begins with the group’s participation at the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland.
The seven-member group, which is returning to Europe for the first time since 2007, is confident that the current tour will be another opportunity to popularise imbube music on the world stage.
“As artistes we are always excited whenever we get the opportunity to tour the world,” said Nkululeko Nkala, the Umdumo Wesizwe spokesperson on Saturday just before the group’s departure for Scotland.
“We are particularly excited because we have a lot of fans in the United Kingdom (UK) who have been pleading with us to return for shows.
“We have been getting very encouraging comments on our Facebook page.”
The Umdumo Wesizwe spokesperson has promised a much more polished performance this time around.
“As a band I can safely say we have improved our stage act greatly since we last performed in Europe.
“We are determined to leave, create memories and in the process put the Zimbabwean flag on international map,” Nkala added.
Umdumo Wesizwe, which was formed in 1994, call their music Gusheshe.
They have recorded four albums in their nine-year career which include Prince, Princess, Together Sisonke and Nqingqo.
Nkala told the Daily News that after participating in the Aberdeen International
Youth Festival the Bulawayo Imbube Group will take part in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where they are expected to share the stage with various international groups.
Band leader Gugulabo Nkomo is encouraged by the good wishes coming from their fans.
“We have received lots of support from fans who wish us well on this tour.. This shows that we are growing in the industry,” Nkomo said.
During the tour, Umdumo Wesizwe plan to record their fifth offering, a 12-track album whose title is yet to be decided.