All-female outfit launches album

BULAWAYO – An all-female a cappella outfit, Nobuntu, has announced its arrival in showbiz with the launch of a debut album Thina (Us).

The 10 track album, which was recorded in Bulawayo, was officially  launched on Saturday at Indaba Café in the city.

The five women ensemble took the opportunity of the well-attended  function to prove that they are here to stay and ready to face the challenges in the industry, at least according to them.

With their well-choreographed dances and imbube songs, the audience  could not help but cheer along in appreciation of the emerging group.

Nobuntu spokesperson Duduzile Sibanda, 29 told the Daily News during the event that they opted for original genre of music that will not  fade with time.

“We do traditional music which we call imbube and I think we are the first here in Bulawayo to come up with such an idea for women by women,” said Sibanda.

“As a result it is our ambition to succeed in this project we have started. To ensure we achieve that we decided to drop everything that  we were doing to pursue music full-time.

“Before we formed this band we were with other local groups so I think  the experience we gained in those groups will help us build our own  empire,” Sibanda added.

She said their music covers various social aspect issues.  “When it comes to composing, it’s a collective job, actually there is  no leader among us, we work as a team and achieve as a team. This has really worked for us for the past year of our existence.”

Sibanda explains where the name Nobuntu was derived from: “We believe we are an ethnic group, so we value most where we come from. From the  title Nobuntu — No — means mother and — buntu is humanity so as a group we want to be mothers or leaders of humanity that’s leading by example”.

The group which was assembled some time last year only managed to have its first live performance in April during the inaugural Bulawayo Culture Festival.  They have also been selected to have their debut showcase at the  Intwasa Arts Festival that will be taking place next week in the city.

According to Sibanda they have since received a contract to tour Austria before the end of the year.

The group which says it is inspired by South African mbaqanga outfit Mahotela Queens which was led by the late horse-voiced Mahlathini is made up of Joylene Sibanda, 24, Heather Dube, 24, Clare Dangarembwa, 23, Siphiwe Dube, 29 and Sibanda.

While women have traditionally been known for failing to work together for a long time, Nobuntu says they have done their homework.

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