MokoombaTheir name might not ring a bell in the minds of a great number of locals but Mokoomba have become ambassadors of Zimbabwean music the world over.

 

 

 

“Mokoomba is a Tonga word that explains the river, which is a rich source of life for our people in the Tonga culture. That celebration of that culture makes a great source of creativity for our music,” said band member Abundance Mutovi.

Mokoomba are sparkling new stars in the Zimbabwean and international world music firmament. Formed in Victoria Falls in 2007, the band has toured more than 30 countries, collaborated with international artists, including Dutch DJ Gregor Salto and appeared at Moshito Music Conference in Johannesburg and WOMEX 2012 in Thessaloniki (Greece) as well as performing Live on BBC’s “Later… with Jools Holland”.

Mokoomba’s latest CD Rising Tide has received rave reviews from some of world music’s most influential publications including UK’s Songlines and Froots magazines, The Guardian UK and Afropop Worldwide USA who called Mokoomba “simply the most impressive band Zimbabwe has produced in recent memory“.

“We sing about traditional rain rituals and tales making it easier for our audiences to appreciate our music. We are not trying to be what we are not even though our style is contemporary with elements of funk, reggae, soukous (version of rhumba music).

Fast Facts:
Country of Origin Zimbabwe
Genre Afropop, Pop, Rap, Reggae
Latest Album Rising Tide
Number of band members 6
Formed in 2001
First European Tour October/November 2009

 

HIFA-favourites, Mokoomba brought their vibrant afro-fusion of Tonga traditional rhythms with modern influences to close the explosive HIFA programme on Telecel Main Stage on Sunday 5th May 2013.

Mokoomba opened the show with the track Mvula off their latest offering, The Rising Tide. Nimukonda with its reggae instrumentation drove the crowd into frenzy with the band chanting “Patwa” to the jumping audiences.

The Victoria Falls group proved that music was more than just loud instrumentation when they took it upon themselves to sing an Ndebele a cappella song which mesmerized the audience.

The track Njoka received a great response from the audience as the lead and bass guitarists engaged in the Samba dances.

The crux of their performance was when the group introduced themselves displaying various talents on vocals and instruments before the lead singer Mathias Muzaza went on to mimic superstar Oliver Mtukudzi’s voice in his song Chirimupoto which saw revelers dancing wild and sing along.

Baaba Maal then joined them on stage in a collaboration of Masango and they proved to the multitudes of fans why they were the best touring Zimbabwean group.

A beautifully enticing fireworks display set alight Harare Gardens just before the end of Mokoomba show to officially mark the end of HIFA 2013.

MOKOOMBA enjoys an international recognition starting from Zimbabwe till Europe and will continue their already announced rising tide over seas ! They are about to go on a European Summer tour : 14 May 2013 – 17 August 2013 where they will make Zimbabwe proud.

For their tour agenda go to http://www.mokoomba.com/agenda/

Band Members:

Mathias Muzaza: lead vocal & percussions
Trustworth Samende: lead guitar & backing vocal
Abundance Mutori: bass guitar & backing vocal
Donald Moyo: keyboards & backing vocal
Ndaba Coster Moyo: drums & backing vocal
Miti Mugande : percussions & backing vocal

 

By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 8 May 2013