Mokoomba lines up Europe tour

HARARE - Zimbabwe's top Afro-fusion band Mokoomba performs in Europe from mid-June to the end of August as part of a tour that will take them to at least seven countries.

Mokoomba, who recently toured Canada and the United States of America, will perform in Europe buoyed by their historical debut at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York in late March.

The Victoria Falls group’s gig at the legendary institution in the African-American community was the first ever by a Zimbabwean band.

Mokoomba manager Marcus Gora told the Daily News yesterday that his group was looking forward to the annual European tour.

“It feels great to be heading back to Europe after the USA and Canada tour that was successful overall. The concert at the Apollo Theatre was a huge highlight for us and a tremendous musical experience that we will always cherish.

“We will do a farewell show sometime in June, but before that we will re-connect with our supportive fans locally with a series of concerts,” Gora said.

The band, that consists of lead vocalist Mathias Muzaza, Ndaba Moyo (drums and backing vocals), Trustworth Samende (lead guitarist and backing vocals), Donald Moyo (keyboards and backing vocals), Miti Mugande (percussion and backing vocals) and Abundance Mutori (bass guitar and backing vocals), has toured more than 50 countries around the globe where their music has received critical attention and numerous accolades.

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.

Out of recognition to Mokoomba’s growing local and international profile, the Harare International Festival of Arts made the Victoria Falls group the opening act of their 2015 edition.

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