Nobuntu continues SRU's Performing Arts Series Oct. 25

Nobuntu

Oct. 11, 2017

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Nobuntu, a five-part a cappella ensemble made up of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, will perform at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 25 in the Smith Student Center Ballroom as part of the Slippery Rock University Performing Arts Series.

Nobuntu's repertoire is a fusion of traditional Zimbabwean-rooted music, Afro Jazz, gospel and crossover in pure voices with minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as Mbira and some dance movements.

The group's name, Nobuntu, is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family from a woman's perspective. The ensemble's mission is "the belief that music is the most important and original wheel of change, (a) way of expression (for) a new generation of young women singers with uniqueness to transcend racial, tribal, religious, gender and economic boundaries."

Through their songs and dance, Nobuntu "celebrates the identities of being an African woman."

The release of their 2013 debut album titled "Thina," immediately took them beyond their own border to countries including Austria, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. The ensemble was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the 2015 Zimbabwe International Women Awards.

The group routinely presents a 60-minute performance of traditional gospel songs from Zimbabwe and Southern Africa along with original compositions and songs of worship "glorifying the kingdom."

General admission tickets for the performance are $20 for adults; $18 for seniors (62 and older); $16 for youth (17 and younger); and $8 for SRU students.

MEDIA CONTACT: Robb King | 724.738.2199 | robb.king@sru.edu