Irresistible harmonies and beguiling rhythms mark the exuberant performances of this female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe. Nobuntu have drawn international acclaim in repertoire that ranges from traditional Zimbabwean songs to jazz & gospel; their pure and powerful voices backed by simple percussion, traditional instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano), and organic dance movements. “Joy seems central to Nobuntu’s existence: it’s present in their glorious singing, their expressive dancing, even in their dress — plaids, stripes, florals in colors as exuberant as their vocals.” – Tampa Bay Creative Loafing (alternative newsweekly).
“Nobuntu” is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity and family from a woman’s perspective. The ensemble represents a new generation of young female singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty and heritage through art; their mission is informed by the belief that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender and economic boundaries.
The women have made dozens of TV and radio appearances throughout Africa and Europe promoting their three recordings (Thina, 2013; Ekhaya, 2016; Obabes beMbube, 2018) and the culture of their homeland. Nobuntu were nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the 2015 Zimbabwe International Women’s Awards (London, UK) and are currently a two-time winner (2017 & 2019) for Outstanding Imbube/a cappella Act at the Bulawayo Arts Awards. In addition, they were a huge critical success at renowned festivals Trans-Vocal in Frankfurt and Voice Mania in Vienna. Their first tour of Canada occurred in 2016, with performances in London (for TD Sunfest), Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Victoria.