October 22, 2018
Writer: Don Sparhawk
Nobuntu, a female a cappella quintet from Zimbabwe, Africa, will perform Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirkham Auditorium at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg.
The group has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro jazz to gospel music. 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 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 word “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 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.
Tickets for the Center Stage event are $12 for the general public and $6 for BYU-Idaho students. Tickets are available online at byui.edu/tickets or on school days from the BYU-Idaho Ticket Office at 208-496-3170, located inside the University Store in the Manwaring Center.