Obabes Bembube is Nobuntu’s upcoming studio album and it builds on the success of Thina and Ekhaya which were released in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
Nobuntu is a “Five Part” A’cappella Vocal ensemble made up of young women from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. The name Nobuntu is an African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity, and family from a woman’s perspective. Their 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.
Obabes Bembube is Nobuntu’s upcoming studio album and it builds on the success of Thina and Ekhaya which were released in 2013 and 2015 respectively. The title is colloquial for “women of acapella” and the music represents a bold shift from the previous bodies of work which featured a fusion of Afro jazz, Acappella, gospel and traditional folk tracks. Obabes Bembube asserts Nobuntu’s position as a musical force in Imbube (acapella), a genre that was traditionally male domain. In this EPK the artists discuss their thoughts and feelings about this latest offering.
Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards 2015, which were held in London, United Kingdom. The video of NARINI their lead single from the second album, EKHAYA, went on to being Number 1 on the Top 10 Zimbabwean Music Video on DSTV’s Zambezi Magic TV.
Nobuntu is a production identified by its concept and philosophy, a new generation of young women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture, beauty and heritage through art. This production was founded in 2011 on realizing the absence of an all-female professional A’cappella group in Bulawayo and Zimbabwe as a whole. The ensemble’s mission is the belief that music is the most important and original wheel of change, way of expression of a new generation of young women singers with uniqueness to transcend racial, tribal, religious, gender and economic boundaries.