Don't miss your chance to experience the mesmerizing performance of Nobuntu, the all-female a cappella quartet from Zimbabwe that has been captivating audiences worldwide. With a repertoire that ranges from traditional Zimbabwean songs to Afro Jazz and Gospel, Nobuntu's concerts are performed with pure voices, minimalistic percussion, and traditional instruments like the Mbira (thumb piano) that will transport you to another world. This talented ensemble has received international acclaim, including winning Best Imbube Group at the Bulawayo Arts Awards in 2017 and 2019. Nobuntu represents a new generation of young African women singers who celebrate and preserve their culture and heritage through art. Their mission is to bring positive change through the power of music that transcends boundaries of race, tribe, religion, gender, and economic status. With community initiatives such as The Nobuntu Pad Bank, where they gather sanitary pads for young women in underprivileged communities, Nobuntu's dedication to empowering women is both inspiring and admirable.
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Join us for more! Stay for a post-show talkback with the artists hosted by Melissa Noventa.
Melissa Noventa is a dancer and researcher originally from Guelph, Ontario. Throughout her career, she has accumulated a wide range of training, performing, and teaching experience. Melissa’s work has spanned across commercial, academic, and artistic settings allowing her to work alongside a formidable list of distinguished artists and institutions from Canada and abroad including some of Cuba’s premiere folkloric ensembles. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance) with a minor in English Literature from York University where she also holds an MA in dance. Currently Melissa is studying in the Ph.D. program in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, where she is working on an archival project exploring cultural diplomacy between Canada and Cuba through music and dance. Since arriving to Kingston in 2019, she has been working with Queen’s Afro-Caribbean Student Association dance team, and the Movement market to share Afro-Cuban dance with the Kingston community.
Melissa was a Kingston Grand Theatre Local Artist-in-Residence in 2022.
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