Mokoomba off to another world tour

HARARE - Celebrated Afro-fusion group Mokoomba will leave for Denmark this morning to embark on a 10-country tour that will involve maiden appearances in Australia and New Zealand.

The internationally recognised group, whose album Rising Tide recently scooped the global Songlines Newcomer Award, will also tour Austria, Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Norway, and Switzerland over the next two and half months.

Mokoomba warmed up to their gig-packed world tour with scintillating concert at the Book Café that , as has become the norm, attracted a bumper crowd  that remained busy on the dance floor all night.

The varied farewell show also included their unique acoustic sound and acapella songs. Led by the enchanting vocals of gifted singer Mathias Muzaza, the band from Victoria Falls once more demonstrated why they have managed to sing their way into the hearts of previously sceptical Zimbabweans.

Mokoomba manager Marcus Gora, who hinted that the group could release a new acoustic album before the end of the year, is delighted by his charges’ blossoming international profile.

“We are very excited to be staging shows all over the whole world because they accept our music and they love us,” Gora told the Daily News.

“Ever since we burst onto the music scene, we have toured more than 40 countries. Our music has been accepted in a big way in these countries. We have been staging very successful shows on the world stage for more than 3 years.”

Gora told the Daily News that very excited by the forthcoming tour because it will feature maiden gigs in Australia and New Zealand.

“We done well all over the world but we haven’t been to Australia and New Zealand. Thanks to the WOMAD Festival we will be performing in these countries for the first time,” he said.

Mokoomba, who have two albums “Kweseka” and “Rising Tide”, consists of lead singer Mathias Muzaza, Trustworth Samende on lead guitar, Abundance Mutori on bass, Donald Moyo on keyboards, Ndaba Coster Moyo on drums, and Miti Mugande on percussion.

This fine cast of musicians won the Music Crossroads competition in 2008 and since then, their star has continued to soar.

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