A five-member female a cappella ensemble from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, will perform a fusion of Zimbabwean-rooted music, Afro jazz, gospel and crossover at a Lakewood concert Oct. 27. Nobuntu was founded …
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A five-member female a cappella ensemble from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, will perform a fusion of Zimbabwean-rooted music, Afro jazz, gospel and crossover at a Lakewood concert Oct. 27.
Nobuntu was founded in 2011 to address the absence of an all-female professional a cappella group in Zimbabwe. The group’s name is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family from a woman’s perspective.
The 2013 release of its debut album “Thina,” immediately took Nobuntu to countries such as Austria, Germany, Belgium and Czech Republic, playing in concert halls, theaters and festivals.
Nobuntu is showing a new generation of young women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty and heritage through art. The ensemble’s concerts are accentuated by traditional colorful clothing, authentic dance movements and hand percussion instruments. The women’s voices, energy and breathtaking performance is an experience that resonates with everyone.
The ensemble was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards 2015. In 2016, Nobuntu released its second album “Ekhaya,” which brought the group to North America for the first time.
The group’s upcoming album “Obabes Bembube” asserts Nobuntu’s position as a musical force in Imbube (a cappella), a genre that was traditionally a male domain and represents a bold shift from the previous bodies of work with a fusion of Afro jazz, gospel and traditional folk tracks.
More information about the group can be found at Nobuntu-Music.com.
The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakewood Cultural Center. In addition to the performance, Nobuntu is offering an African dance workshop from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Lakewood Cultural Center. Participants age 18 and up will learn various dances from the Ndebele culture, accompanied by drumming, clapping and singing. Workshop registration is $30 per person.
Tickets for the concert and workshop are available at the Lakewood Cultural Center box office, 470 S. Allison Parkway, by calling 303-987-7845 or at Lakewood.org/LCCPresents.
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