poster for NobuntuNOBUNTU STOPS AT UALBANY ON FIRST EVER US TOUR

The UAlbany Performing Arts Center, operating under the auspices of the College of Arts and Sciences, is pleased to present Nobuntu, an all-female a capella group from Zimbabwe, on Sunday, October 29, 2017 at 7:30pm.  The ensemble has drawn international acclaim for their concerts performed with pure voices augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments and organic, authentic dance movements.

Nobuntu was nominated for “Best Musician of the Year” at the 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, Czech Republic and throughout the African continent. They were 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.  Their UAlbany performance is part of their first ever United States tour which includes stops in six states and performances in over twenty venues including Lincoln Center in New York City.

Austria’s Zim Metro claims, “…the sensational all-female a cappella group delivered a top-of-the-drawer performance…” while Germany’s Sunday Times credits them with “…a vibrant and stunning performance full of sparkling energy.”

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.

Nobuntu has released two recordings - THINA in 2013 and EKHAYA in 2016. The group has made dozens of television and radio appearances throughout Africa and Europe promoting these recordings and the culture of their homeland.

Support for Nobuntu’s appearance has been provided by the UAlbany Foundation, Office of Intercultural Student Engagement and University Auxiliary Services.

Advance tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  Tickets purchased on the day of the show (pending availability) are $20 for the general public and $15 for students, seniors and UAlbany faculty-staff.  For reservations and further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.

There will also be a special morning matinee performance by Nobuntufor high school groups at 10am on Monday, October 30. This performance is sold out but high school educators are invited to put their groups on a waiting list by contacting the UAlbany Performing Arts Center office at (518) 442-5738 or PAC@albany.edu.