Welcome To Mbubefest
“Mbube ahh, uyimbube ahh, uyimbube ahh, uyimbube ahh”
Welcome to our website “i-MbubeFest iyakwamukela ngezandla ezimhlophe”
Mbubefest is the only greatest Mbube Music Festival in universe, huge in both size and scope. It is in a very classic traditional form and Mbube music – the South African indigenous music genre- started touring abroad long time ago around 1930s. You’ll remember Mr. Solomon Linda’s song called, “Uyimbube” that was at times pronounced as “Wimoweh” by the fellows overseas. That song made waves in the music industry universally. Mbube music existed even before this song, but this song gave this genre a very beautiful head start and strength. Solomon Linda and his band “The Evening Birds” recorded uyimbube in 1939 at Gallo Records from there the song was covered internationally by the likes of The Weavers, Jimmy Dorsey, Yma Sumac, Miriam Makeba, The Kingston Trio, Ladysmith Black Mambazo[also part of MbubeFest-2011 line-up, Karl Denver Trio etc. It is a song featured in the film called “The Lion king”
In our MbubeFest-2011 Festival the ‘Uyimbube’ song was performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Allen Home, Thulisa Brothers, Pongola Home Train and others in honor of our great legend Solomon Linda and “The Evening Birds”
For years and years Mbube music has been travelling abroad making history, topping the billboards, winning the Grammy Awards, getting invitations to perform for noble people like Queen Elizabeth, collaborated with icons like Michael Jackson, been featured in international movies, through Ladysmith Black Mambazo and few other groups. Mbube music is the journey, very rich in history and MbubeFest is nothing but revelation of this mysterious music. It is one of our sacred music that we pride ourselves with.
There’s no other South African music that has travelled afar around the universe and achieved so much as Mbube music did, special thanks to our living Legends; The Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
In Zulu language we say: “Siyabonga Mshengu, Shabalala, Ludonga lukaMavuso, thina lapha KwaMbube Fest sithi sicela ukhule uze ukhokhobe, udle izinyoni zezizukulwane… Ludonga!!!”