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The women of the Nobuntu choir from Zim­babwe perform. | Courtesy Press Image Nobuntu

Nobuntu, an a cap­pella group made up of women from Bul­awayo, Zim­babwe, will share their beau­tiful voices with the com­munity Oct. 10 at College Baptist Church.

James Holleman, chair of the Hillsdale College Music Department, said the per­for­mance is part of the Pro­fes­sional Artist Series held by the Fine Arts Department.

“It’s very unique to our series,” Holleman said. “I try to bring in a variety of per­formers throughout the year, and this is going to connect to our choir program. It’s also got such an inter­esting cul­tural element to it, so I think a lot of people are going to connect to it in dif­ferent ways.”

Holleman said the music of Nobuntu is a mix of “Afro Jazz” and tra­di­tional sounds with dance and basic per­cussion. He said they will be singing in dif­ferent lan­guages, including a few of their native local lan­guages.

“The idea of music in their culture is not just per­for­mance, but it’s part of com­munity, it’s part of worship, it’s part of edu­cation, it’s kind of this all encom­passing thing,” Holleman said. “It’s going to be inter­esting for our stu­dents to see how that’s incor­po­rated in their songs.”

The program will start at 7:30 p.m. and last about 90 minutes without an inter­mission. Admission is free and tickets can be reserved by call: 517 – 607-2848, or emailing boxoffice@hillsdale.edu. Tickets may also be reserved in person by stopping by the Fine Arts Building’s main office and speaking to Amy Glass, the admin­is­trative coor­di­nator for the Fine Arts Building.

According to Glass, around 207 tickets have already been reserved for the event by stu­dents and com­munity members alike. In addition to their per­for­mance Wednesday evening, Holleman said Nobuntu will host a master class Oct. 11 at Howard Music Hall from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“The master class is open to stu­dents,” Holleman said. “They’re mostly going to be inter­acting with our choir and teaching our choir some of the types of music they sing.”