Mokoomba involved in accident

HARARE - Mokoomba lead vocalist Mathias Muzaza, drummer Costa Ndaba Moyo and bassist Abundance Mutori were involved in an accident on Saturday forcing the Afro-fusion band to pull out of a Book Cafe gig at New Ambassador Hotel.

Mokoomba manager Marcus Gora confirmed the accident but was quick to point out that the injuries suffered by the talented trio were not life-threatening.

“The guys were coming for rehearsals in the afternoon before the concert that Mokoomba was billed to perform at the New Ambassador Hotel. They were hit by a speeding vehicle at the corner of Robert Mugabe Way and Enterprise Road.

“They had to be rushed to West End Hospital where they were all treated and discharged to recover at home,” Gora told the Daily News.

Gora is confident that the accident, that forced them to abort a gig organised by Book Café head Tomas Brickhill and his team at the New Ambassador Hotel, will not greatly affect the band’s plans.

“They suffered minor injuries but were in a lot of pain. We will take a week off so that they can recover and we will resume concerts as soon as they are ready. The accident was a minor setback, something out of our control and life is like that sometimes.

“We will announce next concerts soon. It is by falling and by trying often that a monkey learns to jump from tree to tree,” he said.

Gora added that the spirits of the Mokoomba members had been lifted by the fact that the first Book Cafe pop-up gig was a resounding success.

“Yes the concert was organised by Brickhill and the old Book Cafe team. And the artists that took part have a history of performing at the old Book Café. The performers included Transit Crew, Jam Signal and special guests Jnr Bantan and Vee Mukarati,” he said.

Formed in 2001, Mokoomba’s road to fame started in August 2008 when they won the Music Crossroads Inter-regional Festival in Lilongwe, Malawi which presented them a chance to tour Europe and record an album.

The band released the album Kweseka in 2009, winning critics and audiences alike with their electrifying mix of Afro-fusion energy and tantalising traditional Tonga beats.

Tours across Europe soon followed, and they released their second album Rising Tide in 2012 which was rated as “one of the World’s 10 best albums of the year” by fROOTS magazine.

Following a live performance on Later... with Jools Holland on BBC and a showcase at the WOMEX Festival in Greece, the band won the prestigious Songlines Music Award for Best Newcomer two years ago.

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