Photo Gallery: Nobuntu @ Troy Music Hall, 02/24/2022
“How do you all live with this weather? …We are sun babies!”, proclaimed singer Zanele Manhenga a few songs into Nobuntu’s performance Thursday night at Troy Music Hall. This was even before the snow began to fall, but the five-member female a cappella quintet from Bulawayo, Zimbabwe brought some South African sunshine with them. Accompanied only by minimal percussion from a hand-drum, mbira, shakers, tambourine, handclaps, and stomping dance steps their blended voices were captivating. Mbube, a form of South African vocal music performed a cappella creating intricate harmonies and textures has traditionally been a male-dominated style. Nobuntu represents a new generation of young African women with a belief that music can be an instrument for change and transcendence of racial, tribal, religious, gender, and economic boundaries. Included in the evening were distinctive versions of Amazing Grace, People Get Ready, and Diamonds on The Soles of Her Shoes.