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Songs and stories from Zimbabwe
This story from Zimbabwe can be understood as a metaphor of the search for one’s own culture. But it is also a traditional story from a society that places very antiquated expectations on women: They have to be fertile and bear children. Nobuntu tells the story of a woman who cannot fulfill these expectations because she is infertile. We accompany this woman on a journey in which she expects to be healed, a journey to old African rituals and faith. Here, she experiences Mother Earth, who gives her what she has always yearned for: motherhood, fertility, her own culture and religion. Nobuntu tells this story in songs, dance, plays and poetry.
The Nobuntu ensemble comes from Bulawayo, the “cultural capital of Zimbabwe”. Nobuntu represents innovative women’s power in a world dominated by men. The five singers of a new generation celebrate the beauty and richness of their culture. They combine traditional Zimbabwean music, gospel, Afro-Jazz and more. With their own compositions and texts, they give an important impetus for change and promote solidarity, community, optimism and modesty. Their name alone represents these values: “Nobuntu” contains the Zulu word “ubuntu” which literally translates as “mother of humanity”.