Nobuntu, Black Umfolosi gig cancelled

THE highly-anticipated rare imbube gig pitting the all-female ensemble Nobuntu and their South African male counterparts Black Umfolosi, which was set to be among the major highlights of the ongoing Intwasa Festival KoBulawayo, has been cancelled.

BY SINDISO DUBE

Tswarelo Mothobe

The show, dubbed Journey of Ubuntu, which was initially billed for this Friday at the Bulawayo Theatre as part of the ongoing Intwasa fiesta, has been set aside due to “technical issues”.

Nobuntu’s spokesperson Tswarelo Mothobe confirmed the development.

“We have decided to cancel the show, reasons being technical issues that are out of our control. We will advise of a later date of the show to compensate our beloved fans. We apologise to the fans that push us to do what we do, but it’s unfortunate and out of our control,” he said.

The two groups were supposed to perform together for the second time after their sold-out show last year at the Music Academy.

Meanwhile, the popular all-female show Women, Wine and Words is on tonight at the Bulawayo Art Gallery.

The event has become a flagship at Intwasa and has grown over the years to become an important platform for female artistes to showcase their talent.

This year’s event will feature Edith WeUtonga, Masa, Prudence Mabhena, Nia, Batsirai Chigama, Miss Vee and Thando.

Festival director Raisedon Baya said the event was a very important part of the arts industry and the festival.

“It is a very important platform at the festival and also in the arts industry. It’s a perfect platform for women to showcase their products to the world,” he said.

“It’s also a platform for women to be headline acts with no male performers. We have had situations where women bemoan opportunities of headlining events.”

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