The five voices of Nobuntu shine from the stage when the group performs on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts.

An all-female a cappella quintet, Nobuntu translates to “mother of kindness” or “mother of humanity” in celebration of the African philosophy ubuntu, which values humanity’s compassion and connectedness. The group’s voices echo with power and intensity, emanating pure joy while embodying the spirit of the artists’ Zimbabwe home.

Drawing international acclaim for its inventive worldwide performances, the ensemble’s concerts range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro-jazz to gospel, and are performed with pure voices, accompanied by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments like the Mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.

Recently nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London, Nobuntu has performed at festivals and in concert halls in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and throughout the African continent. The ensemble was a huge critical success at Trans-Vocal in Frankfurt, Germany, and at Voice Mania in Vienna, Austria. Their first tour to North America was in 2016.

The word nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, 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.

Matinee Series Performance: The five powerful voices of the all-female a cappella group Nobuntu delight audiences of all ages in a matinee performance on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019 at 10 a.m. The Wortham Center’s Matinee Series performances are open to school groups, homeschoolers, community groups and families. Individual tickets and group tickets available by calling the box office at 828-257-4530.

African Dance Workshop: Join members of Nobuntu for an Africa dance workshop, Wednesday, Oc. 2, at 5:30 p.m. in the Henry LaBrun Studio at the Wortham Center.

The Wortham Center for the Performing Arts is located at 18 Biltmore Ave. To obtain more information about the Wortham Center’s 2019/2020 Season or to purchase tickets for the Thursday, October 3 performance of Nobuntu (Regular $42; Student $37; Child $20; Student Rush, day-of-show with valid I.D. $10), call the Wortham Center Box Office at 828-257-4530 or visit worthamarts.org.

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