Mokoomba to light up Book Café tonight

HARARE - Vibrant music stars, Mokoomba descend on the Book Café this evening along with fellow groups that graduated from Music Crossroads Zimbabwe.

Mokoomba’s blend of Afro-fusion and traditional Tonga rhythms has taken Europe by storm ever since the all-male group, whose ages range between 22 to 27 years, won the Music Crossroads finals in Malawi, 2008.

The six-piece band embodies diversity and perseverance. The group hails from the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe, popular for its natural beauty and of course, the breath-taking Victoria Falls.

Lead singer Mathias Muzaza’s voice is a delightful instrument, that reaches deep into the soul and leaves you riveted, guiding you through the song’s melody.

Their energetic rhythms and moving melodies have garnered them a huge following and they are well-poised to become one of Zimbabwe’s best musical groups.

The group from Victoria Falls will be ably supported by fellow Music Crossroads graduates, Savanna Afro, Gwarimba, and Club Shanga.

Mokoomba released their first album Kweseka which means drifting ahead in Tonga, and quickly followed it up with the EP Umvundla mixed by famed Dutch DJ and producer, Gregor Salto.

Umvundla tore up the international charts, and their single Messe Messe received significant downloads on iTunes.  

Their latest album, Rising Tide has met with even greater success, having been named one of the top five albums in the world this year by The Guardian.

Music Crossroads coordinator, Mathias Bangure is keen to use tonight’s show popularise groups that graduated from his organisation.

“All the groups have toured outside Zimbabwe and in Europe.

“The purpose of this show tonight, is to support these acts and give them a space to perform.

“This is a new project which was launched at Alliance Francaise on November 15.  After this, there are plans to travel countrywide, including to Kariba, Hwange and Chivhu.”

Music Crossroads is a regional talent development programme and competition.  

Mokoomba came tops in 2008, with Gwarimba coming second.

 Club Shanga won in 2010 and Savanna Afro were the most recent winners this year, representing Zimbabwe at the International Regional Festival in February 2012.  

Savanna Afro have since then toured Sweden and Austria.  

All bands represent exciting interpretations of Afro-jazz, Afro-fusion, Afro-pop and Shangara. - Entertainment Writer

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