The Sunday News
ONE of Bulawayo’s much-adored, all female ensembles, the pulsating and breathtaking, Nobuntu, are scheduled for yet another month long tour of Europe next month.
The five-member group, which has over the past few months been working on rescuscitating the flickering imbube genre, displayed a scintillating act alongside afro-jazz sensation Jeys Marabini and Austria-based all-male a cappella group Insingizi, during the Roots Music from Southern Africa festival, which was held in Austria last year.
The group recently gave out an exciting performance during the Intwasa Arts Festival KoBulawayo where they sang Shosholoza by late Don Gumbo and other renditions by Mahotela Queens.
The group took to the platform to speak to the men who were present at the event addressing issues of abuse.
In an interview, the group’s spokesperson, Duduzile Sibanda said the group was leaving at the end of November, where they would perform in Germany and Belgium.
“We are going to be in Europe for 25 days.This year we will perform in different cities in Belgium and Germany.
“We are expecting a warm welcome and people who are hungry for art, we expect our fans to fasten their seat belts,” she said.
Sibanda said the tour offered them a chance to exchange ideas with the global audience.
“The tour is good because it gives us the opportunity to exchange ideas and thoughts with artistes from other parts of the globe,” she said.
Sibanda also mentioned that they were busy preparing for the tour which she believes is going to be much better than the previous one.
“We are currently doing rehearsals for the tour and I can gladly reveal that this year’s tour will be better than the previous one,” she said.
Nobuntu is an a cappella group of five talented, professional young women from Bulawayo. Their repertoire is a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean rooted music, gospel, Afro-Jazz and crossover in pure voices with minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as mbira and some dance movements.
The group is a new generation of young women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty and heritage through art.
The group, fast growing to be the region’s favourite newcomers, was founded by Dumisani Ramadu Moyo, a member of the sensational imbube group Insingizi currently based in Austria via his 10th District stable and comprises Duduzile Sibanda, Thandeka Moyo, Claire Ratidzo Dangarembwa, Joyline Sibanda, Zanele Manhenga and Heather Dube.