Nobuntu, the female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz to Gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.
The word Nobuntu is an African concept that values humility, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty, and heritage through art. The ensemble’s mission is the belief that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries.
Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015 and in the last few seasons, the quintet has performed at festivals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and throughout the African continent. The ensemble was a huge critical success at “Trans-Vocal” in Frankfurt and “Voice Mania” in Vienna. Their first tour to Canada, in 2016, included performances in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria.
Nobuntu of Zimbabwe
Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Location: Northwestern College Christ Chapel
Tickets: $15/adults, $10/students, $5/NWC students
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Nobuntu’s visit to Orange City is made possible through a partnership with Northwestern College, and will include a traditional African Dance workshop for Northwestern students. Nobuntu will also be leading a music workshop with survivors of domestic violence through a partnership with Family Crisis Centers of Sioux Center.
Special thanks to our partners, Northwestern College and Family Crisis Centers for making this amazing event possible.