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.
Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women’s 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 group was a huge critical success at the TransVocale International Festival of Song and Music in Frankfurt, Germany, and at the Voice Mania International A Cappella Festival in Vienna, Austria. Their first tour to Canada in 2016 included performances in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Victoria.
The word nobuntu embodies an African concept that values humbleness, 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. Their mission holds the belief that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries.
Nobuntu has released two recordings: Thina in 2013 and Ekhaya in 2016. The group has made dozens of television and radio appearances throughout Africa and Europe promoting these recordings and the culture of their homeland.
Rich voices and exhilarating rhythms, both physical and vocal, poured out from the stage to enchant the crowd.
The sensational all-female a cappella group deliver a top-of-the-drawer performance.
A vibrant and stunning performance full of sparkling energy
—Sunday Times (Passau, Germany)