Five-part Zimbabwean acappella voice ensemble Nobuntu are currently touring the United States.
The group has a wide repertoire which includes gospel, Afro jazz, crossover and traditional Zimbabwean songs, along with pure voices, authentic dance moves and minimalist percussion and traditional instruments.
While still rehearsing in Zimbabwe, the members of Nobuntu – Zanele Manhenga, Thandeka Moyo, Duduzile Sibanda, Heather Dube and Joyline Sibanda – collectively answered questions about the tour .
About the current tour and what it means for the group to tour the United States:
“We are really looking forward to this tour. We have been preparing for it the whole year. The fact that we are also going to different places from last year makes it even more interesting because we enjoy traveling. We are humbled by this opportunity because other artists also wish to be in our shoes. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
About the group’s identity and where it fits into entertainment:
“Nobuntu is an African a cappella group and the type of a cappella that we do is called Imbube. We are the first successful female Imbube group and as such we are very unique and new. We share mostly our culture and tradition through song and dance which is very interesting and entertaining.”
About the role of being strong women in a time when women’s roles are being redefined:
“As the first successful Imbube female group in southern Zimbabwe, we have already made a very bold move. The courage and strength that we have has made us come this far and we have managed to inspire other female artists in our community. We also work tirelessly to fend for our families and take care of ourselves.”
Is there a difference between touring the U.S. opposed to other areas of the world, and if so what does it mean to the members?
“There is a huge difference because of the different cultures and traditions. We get to experience different cultures which can be a challenge sometimes, but we always manage to adapt and work with different people in those areas.”