At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, the Center Stages Series brings Nobuntu to the Main Hall of the Center for Faith and Life on the Luther College campus. Nobuntu is a remarkable and lively a capella quintet from Zimbabwe. This all female group relies on their rich voices, authentic dance and minimal use of traditional Zimbabwean instruments such as the Mbira (thumb piano). Nobuntu has drawn international acclaim for their inventive performances that celebrate Afro jazz, gospel and traditional Zimbabwean songs.
"I really got excited about hosting Nobuntu from Zimbabwe when Jayme Stone and Moira Smiley (two Center Stage guests who performed at Luther in October) said 'You're getting Nobuntu?! They are unbelievable. We're major fans,'" said Kristen Underwood, director of campus programming. "When musicians I really respect get giddy at the mention of another artist's name, you know they're going to be something special. This is a concert everyone will enjoy."
Nobuntu was nominated for Best Musician of the Year at the Zimbabwe International Women Awards in London in 2015. They are also a two-time winner for the Best Imbube Group at the Bulawayo Arts Awards in 2017 and 2019. With festival and concert hall performances in Italy, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic and throughout the African continent, the group’s musical motivation is believing that it can be a tool for change, one that overcomes boundaries of race, religion and gender.
The highly creative and talented chefs on the Norse Culinary Team invite you to partake in the Center Stage Dinner Series before the show. The dinners feature a multicourse menu to complement each performance. A separate ticket is required. All meals begin at 5:30 p.m. in Peace Dining Room on the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union.
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