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7 Things You Need To Know About Insingizi

"The audience's enthusiasm turned into a frenzy as the three guys took off their shirts and performed the 15-minute “Gumboots-Dance.” This caused ecstatic screaming comparable only to a teenie-band concert."-Leipzig weekly newspaper

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Insingizi’s name is derived from the African ground hornbill bird whose call can be heard at a distance of up to 3km. The group was formed in 1987 at Sobukhazi High School in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

This extraordinary trio offers uplifting performances filled with harmonious a cappella singing, traditional chants, hand percussion, and superb choreography.

It’s members are Dumisani Ramadu Moyo, Blessing Nqo Nkomo and Vusa Mkhaya.

 

Insingizi in Denamark 1995
Insingizi in Denamark 1995

Besides having performed at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics World winter games at the Planai Stadium in Schladming, Austria in 2017,here are 7 more interesting things you should know about Insingizi.

1) Insingizi was formed in 1987 at Sobukhazi High School as a school project by a group of friends who loved singing

2) Their hit song Sugar Daddy (Di-Gong) was written in a few minutes under a tree in Mzilikazi for the Matebeleland Aids Council competition at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in 1993.

“The audience’s enthusiasm turned into a frenzy as the three guys took off their shirts and performed the 15-minute “Gumboots-Dance.” This caused ecstatic screaming comparable only to a teenie-band concert.”-Leipzig weekly newspaper

3) In 2010 they won The Radio France World music Award held at the Babel Med music conference in Marseille France

4) Their Album Voices of Southern Africa was certified gold in North America (250, 0000 copies)

5) They have been to more than 35 countries around the world and 200 plus cities and still counting.

6) The outfit used to dance Umchongoyo, indlamu and other traditional dances.

7) In the early 90’s the group won the Southern African Traditional Dance Championship two times in a row.