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 group will perform its only concert in Georgia on the Jan Brown Anderson stage of the Emma Kelly Theater on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. This one-of-a-kind opportunity is sponsored by Bulloch Broadband, Kids World and Summertime Enterprises Inc.
Reserved seat tickets are $22 for adults and $10 for students and can be purchased by visiting the Averitt Center’s main gallery, open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and by calling 912-212-2787 or online at averittcenterforthearts.org/performances-events. If you’re a fan of Ladysmith Black Mambazo or Sweet Honey in the Rock, you definitely want to check-out this ensemble of young African female performers who celebrate and preserve their culture through innovative music, cleverly mixing past and present.
Nobuntu was nominated for “Best Musician of the Year” at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015 and is currently a two-time winner for the “Best Imbube Group” at the Bulawayo Arts Awards 2017 and 2019. 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.
The word Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, 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.
Back at home, Nobuntu holds a number of community initiatives, one of which is The Nobuntu Pad Bank where they gather sanitary pads for young women in the arts in underprivileged communities.
Nobuntu has released three recordings: “Thina” in 2013, “Ekhaya” in 2016 and “Obabes beMbube” in 2018. The group has made numerous television and radio appearances throughout Africa and Europe promoting these recordings and the culture of their homeland.