Nobuntu is a ‘Five Part” A cappella vocal ensemble made up of young Zimbabwean women. Their repertoire is a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean rooted music, Afro Jazz, Gospel and crossover in pure voices with minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as Mbira and some dance movements.
Nobuntu is a production identified by its concept and philosophy as a new generation of young women singers through art. This production was founded in 2011 on realizing the absence of an all-female professional a cappella group in Zimbabwe as a whole. The ensemble’s mission is the belief that music is the most important and original wheel of change, way of expression of a new generation of young women singers with uniqueness to transcend racial, tribal, religious, gender and economic boundaries.
Through their songs and dance, Nobuntu celebrates the identities of being an African woman. Their voices, energy and their breathtaking performance on stage is an experience that communicates with the human side of anyone. The release of their debut album in 2013 titled THINA, immediately took them beyond the borders to countries such as Austria, Germany, Belgium and Czech Republic, playing in concerts, halls, theatres and festivals such as “Voice Mania” in Vienna and “Trans-Vocal” in Frankfurt-Oder. The name “Nobuntu” is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. This year, Nobuntu releases their second Album, EKHAYA which will be taking them to North America for the first time.
Their single Narini, from the second album went on to being in the Top 10 Zimbabwean Music Videos on DSTV’s Zambezi Magic. Their New Album is now available on iTunes and online stores, and will be in local Zimbabwean stores by the end of March. The album is consisted of 14 tracks: Narini, Ngonyama, Hapana, Inganekwane, Uthixo, Inkomo Zomlandu, Linso Lyamoyo, Musha Wangu, Woza Ngane, Uthando, Nyawo Lwani, Misodzi, Inkonkoni & Mlobokazi. For more information, check out the Nobuntu website and follow the talented group on social media:
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