Globetrotting Imbube outfit Insingizi’s 2004 song “Ko Bulawayo” has gone viral on social media and everyone is talking about it. The song is part of the 17 track Voices of Southern Africa album which was certified gold in North America (USA) and Canada.
The song resurfaced after Vonny McGinley a Zimbabwean based in Australia posted her video singing to the song on social media site Facebook, and then after a number of people joined on the challenge and gave birth to the hashtag #BulawayoChallenge
After Vonny posted the video a number of people joined in among them businesswoman Nomathemba Primrose Ndebele, Actor Frank Malaba and fashion designer Nomakhosazana ‘Zana’ Ncube.
“We never thought it would resurface and get this kind of attention considering that its a song we did fifteen years ago,” said Vusa Mkhaya who is a member of Insingizi.
Insingizi started off as a group of high school singers in 1987. Mkhaya, Dumisani Ramadu Moyo and Blessing Nqo Nkomo are the surviving members from the original troupe.
Inspired by South Africa’s Lady Smith Black Mambazo and Zimbabwe’s Black Umfolosi, Insingizi released three albums Sekukade, (1996), Sihlale Sonke (1996) and Sengikhumbula (1997) before they left Bulawayo in 1997 to study Music in Austria.
In 2017 the ensemble performed at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World winter games at the Planai Stadium in Schladming, Austria.
The song by Insingizi is available here.