On Wednesday last week the city of Bulawayo came to life when Nobuntu and Street Corner Symphony hosted a concert titled “The Nobuntu and Street Corner Symphony experience”. Despite the cold weather the Bulawayo Art Gallery was filled to the brim with people from all races of life unified by their love for music. One can safely say; it was one of those rare Bulawayo show moments
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The show started on a high note with Nobuntu mind blowing the audience with their well orchestrated act which included a click song that had the audience reveal their “Nguniness” or lack of. Their melodic rhythm and unity on stage made the audience relate to their African story-telling technique. Nobuntu expressed how a unified group is able. Nobuntu yet again proved why we consider it to be one of the greatest things to come out of Bulawayo after Majaivana.
After a stellar performance by Nobuntu, it would only get better, with Street Corner Symphony taking the concert a notch up. The five all-male ensemble had the audience (especially the ladies) eating out of their palms, with their lyrical prowess, comic relief and unparalleled beat-boxing skills.
The group threw the entire crowd into a euphoric frenzy with their sultry voices, as they performed classics from the greats such as the Beatles and Elvis Presley to our very own Madlela’s “ngamnanka” which has become a hit in Bulawayo. A blend of African and western A’ cappella serenaded the audience through-out the show and it was worth every cold spell experienced.
What was of great note was the fact of how engaging the two groups were. They were aware that they were performing for interactive people and hence the constant sing-alongs and humorous lines they threw in as they performed. When it was all over the two groups had exhausted the audience’s “wow” bag but still left them begging more.
In case you are wondering who they are, Street Corner Symphony is a contemporary A’ cappella group from Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States of America founded on 28 May 2010 for the purpose of entering the renowned musical reality show, “The Sing-Off”. Street Corner Symphony has made their mark on the music world, recording albums, providing clinics for schools, giving benefits for cancer, performing across the USA and around the world.
It is heartwarming to realise that Zimbabwe wasn’t an exception in their touring of the world. The group performed at the 2017 edition of HIFA and went to see the Great Zimbabwe in Masvingo, before landing in the City of Kings.
Earlier on Wednesday, the two groups held a workshop at the Blues Café where they conducted free vocal lessons for aspiring artists and the general public. On Thursday they conducted another workshop before they visited Indlovu Youth Centre in Tshabalala for yet another concert.
If you are in Bulawayo and still doubt the capability of Nobuntu Music we suggest you move to the back seat of life.
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