Many might know this group as 5 ladies behind the mics, serenading us with Imbube tunes but that’s soon to change. Nobuntu Music as a brand has taken upon itself to spread its wings and venture into nurturing other up and coming female performers in the Arts Industry. Undoubtedly a well-travelled and experienced all female group, the ensemble has set up the ‘Ubuntu Sisterhood Talk’ with the agenda of contributing towards professionalising the craft for women in the Arts industry.
The talks will cover issues to do with financial literacy, Arts performance as a business entity, grooming, and self-dependence/ branding for individual artists. The group pointed out these recurrent issues as contributing to the demise of most groups.
Duduzile Sibanda, (affectionately known as Dudu) one of the Nobuntu members highlighted that the group after interacting with other performing ensembles locally and abroad, noticed with concern that there was a vast gap with regards to how groups carried themselves locally and abroad. The songstress expressed that, “Performing arts are a well-paying profession looking at how other countries are doing it, it is important for us locally to take it seriously and not as a past time thing. It is imperative for the girl child to be able to handle herself professionally so as to avoid being manipulated and forced into other activities that might be compromising to her.”
“This is the beginning of many talks that we will be carrying out at Youth Centres around the city. Our first session will be held on the 22 of June at Indlovu Youth Centre in Tshabalala and we are asking all ladies in the performing arts sector to come and join hands with us.” added Dudu.
The talks are a series of events that the group plans on doing in an effort of moulding and advocating for the rights and well-being of the girl child both in and outside the Arts space.