Dorothy K. Smith Endowed Concert Series Presents

Nobuntu

Saturday, Nov. 4 | 7 p.m. | Haggin Auditorium

Program to Include:

Earth SongNative American *Trad.
Ingoma YamiJoyline Sibanda
UyangiphoxaDuduzile Sibanda
NanguyanaDuduzile Sibanda
CulaZanele Manhenga
Music in the AirLetta Mbulu, rearranged by Nobuntu
Not Yet UhuruLetta Mbulu, rearranged by Nobuntu
RwiziPeter Muparutsa, rearranged by Nobuntu
QinaDuduzile Sibanda, Zanele Manhenga
IlangaDuduzile Sibanda
Black TaxZanele Manhenga
Lean on MeBill Withers
NariniZanele Manhenga
SiyambongaThandeka Moyo

“Earth Song” — A Native American song. We love this song — we sing it with our minds, bodies and souls.

“Ingoma Yami” — In this song, we ask the ancestors to guide us in this musical journey. We ask for a new song, always.

“Uyangiphoxa” — In this song, we blame all woes and troubles on Satan, and we ask for courage and strength from the Almighty.

“Nanguyana” — A wedding in our culture is a big and celebrated event. We celebrate the arrival of the bride, and we are in awe of how she looks.

“Cula” — A song fixes any emotion. We encourage anyone who’s down and out to sing, and they will be happy again. If you are happy, sing some more.

“Music in the Air” — A song by legendary South African artist Letta Mbulu celebrating the feelings that come with music.

“Not Yet Uhuru” — Another Letta Mbulu song, not yet uhuru means we are not yet free. This song was released in the early years when South Africa became independent from the apartheid system. We as Nobuntu feel this song still rings true now as it did then. We are not yet free as a society if women do not have equal opportunities and equal pay to our male counterparts.

“Rwizi” — A Shona hymn we sing to praise the Most High.

“Qina” — This song encourages women to be strong and not always to be advocated for. If you don’t stand up for yourself, no one else will.

“Ilanga” — A song that encourages people to work in their youth so as to prepare themselves for a bright future.

“Black Tax” — Traditionally in our culture, parents and grandparents are taken care of by their children. It’s a duty and an honor to be able to take care of your parents regardless of your circumstances. However in the past years, because of cultural integration, some people feel burdened to take care of their loved ones and call it “black tax”. We as Nobuntu say there is no such thing as “black tax.” Be glad that you are able to take care of your parents.

“Lean on Me” — This is a song by Bill Withers about friendly support during difficult times. Nobuntu does a rendition of this much-needed message that strengthens the bond between people.

“Narini” — Narini means forever and ever. The song talks about how love stays forever. Love does not envy, it does not boast in itself and love is patient, forever and ever.

“Siyambonga” — A song of thanksgiving. We praise the Most High for always giving us the opportunities we have.


About Nobuntu:

Nobuntu, a female a cappella quartet from Zimbabwe, has drawn international acclaim for its inventive performances that range from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro jazz to gospel. The ensemble’s concerts are performed with pure voices, augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments such as the mbira (thumb piano) and organic, authentic dance movements.

Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the 2015 Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London and are a two-time winner of Best Imbube Group at the Bulawayo Arts Awards (2017 and 2019). In the last few seasons, the quintet has performed at festivals and 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 and “Voice Mania” in Vienna. In 2016, their first tour to Canada included performances in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver and Victoria.

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.

Back at home, Nobuntu holds a number of community initiatives, one of which is The Nobuntu Pad Bank where they gather sanitary pads for young women in the arts in underprivileged communities.

Nobuntu has released three recordings — “Thina” (2013), “Ekhaya” (2016) and “Obabes beMbube” (2018). The group has made dozens of television and radio appearances throughout Africa and Europe promoting these recordings and the culture of their homeland.


Duduzile Sibanda

Duduzile Sibanda is a self-taught singer and songwriter who discovered her ability to sing at a very young age. Coming from a music-loving family, she grew up singing at family gatherings, church functions and in the school choir. Her passion for performing has continued to grow.

After high school, Sibanda pursued music as a backing singer for local musicians like Khulekani Bhethule (Khuxxman), Zenzele Ndebele, Gabs Fire, Mjox and many more. She also worked vocally on a series of jingles for Radio Dialogue. 

In 2011, she joined Stitcha, a theater project produced by Qhube Productions, where she further explored her music career. After Stitcha, she began doing backing vocals for Ramadu, an Austrian-based musician, who was working on his release “Zim Classics” at the time.

Sibanda joined Nobuntu when the group was founded. She is a singer, songwriter and dancer on “Thina” and “Ekhaya.”

In 2016, Sibanda, along with friend and fellow Nobuntu member Zanele Manhenga, started uMuz’Wentombi (The House of Woman), a culture and arts platform meant to bring women together in the city of Bulawayo.


Zanele Manhenga

Zanele Manhenga is a talented singer, songwriter and poet who began her journey as a child singing at family gatherings together with her older sister, Afro jazz artist Dudu Manhenga.

She has also appeared numerous times as a performer and an MC at the Sistaz Open Mic, a Pamberi Trust initiative to give young and upcoming female artists a platform to enter the mainstream of the arts in Harare. In addition to open mic sessions, she has attended several workshops under the gender project F.L.A.M.E. This has contributed to her growth and confidence along her musical journey.

Manhenga has performed, recorded, toured and been mentored by Dudu Manhenga and Color Blu in South Africa and Mozambique. She has also performed as a background vocalist for many artists including Pastor Gee, Ignatious Mabasa, Ronny Roots, Bob Nyabinde, Jeys Marabini, Lwazi Shabangu and Cool Crooners to mention but a few. With these and other artists, she has performed at Harare International Festival of the Arts HIFA (2007), Beira Jazz festival (Mozambique 2009), Harare Jazz Festival 2010-12, Grahamstown Arts Festival (South Africa 2009-10), October Jazz (2011-14) and Bob Marley Commemoration (2012).

In 2011, Manhenga studied for a National Certificate in Musicology at the Zimbabwe College of Music, where she trained with various instruments including the mbira and traditional Zimbabwe dance among other subjects.

In 2013, Manhenga released an online single, “Nginje.”

In 2014, Manhenga was signed by 10th District Music and joined Nobuntu. She has since contributed songs on the latest Nobuntu album, “Ekhaya.” She is the mbira player of the group, a singer and songwriter.


Thandeka Moyo

Thandeka Moyo is a talented songwriter, singer, dancer, makeup artist and designer. She started singing in high school at St. Columbus in 2003 and was very much involved with the high school choir. 

From 2008-10, she went to study cosmetology at Bulawayo Polytechnic and focused on image consultancy and personal grooming. During this time, she joined the Bulawayo Polytechnic Choir and performed in district competitions.

Since then, she has managed to work with upcoming artists in Zimbabwe, including the UK-based gospel artist Nkosie ka Ndlovu and Afro soul artist Mduduzi Ngoma.

Moyo joined Nobuntu in September 2014.


Joyline Sibanda

Joyline Sibanda is a talented dancer and singer who started performing in 2004 at Vuka Africa and with Cont Mhlanga in a show called Mzilikazi. She then worked with Friends of Joshua as a dancer and singer of INDLOVUKAZI Zikanyongola. In 2011, she toured Germany with lntombi Zomqangala. 

Sibanda is a singer and dancer and original member of Nobuntu.


By arrangement with Alliance Artist Management

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About The Dorothy J. and Fred K. Smith Concert Series

For 16 seasons, the Smith Concert Series has brought world-class musicians to Transylvania University. Endowed by Dorothy J. Smith ’42, the series is named in honor of her and her late husband, Fred K. Smith ’40. Deeply committed to the arts, Smith aimed to bring musical performances of the highest quality to Transylvania to inspire and delight both the campus community and audience members from throughout the region. At Smith’s insistence and through her generosity, we offer these musical experiences free of charge.

Past artists include Kronos Quartet (2008 and 2019), Tiempo Libre (2009), Anonymous Four (2010), Canadian Brass (2011), The Rose Ensemble (2012), Chanticleer (2013), Home Free (2014), Eileen Ivers (2015), Time For 3 String Trio (2016), Mark O’Connor Band (2017), Conspirare: Considering Matthew Shepard (2018), American Spiritual Ensemble (2020) and Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native (2022).

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