Byo drummer takes drumming, gumboot dance to the UK


BULAWAYO drummer and gumboot dancer Bruce Ncube, a product of award-winning Umkhathi Threatre Works, has landed a deal to teach his trade in the United Kingdom.



Ncube left Bulawayo last Saturday on a tour of Scotland, Wales and England where he will teach drum beating and traditional songs sung in Zimbabwe. He would be away for two-and-a-half months.

In Scotland, Ncube under his own company Mema Arts, would be teaching drumming and gumboot dances at Angus in Scotland before going to the Drum camp in Suffolk.

Speaking in an interview with Southern Eye Lifestyle before his departure for the UK, Ncube was naturally excited by his one-man tour of duty.

“I will be teaching people various things done in the art industry in Zimbabwe, including drumming, singing and gumboot dance,” he said.

Ncube is a product of Umkhathi Theatre Works in Bulawayo and the latest tour to the United Kingdom is his ninth since working fully with Umkhathi and Drums of Peace in Bulawayo.

“I have taken part in big events overseas before which managed to woo big crowds. I have gained popularity overseas,” he said.

“I have been to Africa Drum Village, Aberdeen International Youth festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival of Spirituality in Scotland, Matisong Festival in Botswana, Hifa, Intwasa Arts festival, Inxusa Festival, Ibumba Arts festival, Zima and opening act of the Nam.”