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School-Day Performance: Nobuntu, "Africa up Close"
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Open to students in grades kindergarten-6
In this interactive educational concert, Nobuntu introduces students and teachers to the unique cultural qualities of Africa—the music, stories, traditions, and dances. Through performance and explanation, students are given an authentic and inside look at how important music and dance is to African cultures, how these art forms are passed from generation to generation, and the deep meaning found in these songs and dances.
Free; registration required
*Note: to reserve more than 100 seats, please return to this site and submit additional orders. For more information, contact Jon at rjginn@vt.edu.
A female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, Nobuntu has drawn 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, and authentic dance movements. The ensemble represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty, and heritage through art.
The word Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, unity, and family from a woman’s perspective. 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.
Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015 and has performed at festivals and concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and throughout Africa. 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.
Nobuntu has released three recordings—Thina in 2013, Ekhaya in 2016, and Obabes beMbube in 2018. The group has made dozens of television and radio appearances throughout Africa and Europe promoting its music and the culture of its homeland.
During their visit to Blacksburg, Nobuntu will perform in an additional ticketed performance at the Moss Arts Center on Thursday, September 26 at 7:30 PM. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit this page.