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Mokoomba

Mokoomba is a Zimbabwean internationally acclaimed and award winning Afro fusion group. The group which hails from Victoria Falls rose to prominence in 2008 after winning the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival (IRF). The group is unique as they are Tonga speaking people. Mokoomba combines traditional and modern instruments with a rich blend of rhythms, creating a vibrant sound consisting of not only traditional Tonga music but embracing the diverse cultures of southern Africa.[1] The group topped the iTunes charts in 2012 with their second album Rising Tide.[2]

Early Career

The group was formed while the members were still in high school. That was 2002 when they were attending school together at Mosi-Oa-Tunya High in Victoria Falls. The group faced numerous challenges, the biggest being getting hold of instruments. Even when they had a music class, they did not have any guitars or keyboards. However the rose rose from such a background to become Africa's most internationally successful young band.[3]

Professional Career

Little known Mokoomba embarked on their professional career when the outfit took part at the Music Crossroads Local Festival in August 2007 in Bulawayo. This was a turning point for the group which went on to give a stellar performance at the National Festival held in Harare. The group then went on to represent Zimbabwe at the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival (IRF) in Lilongwe (Malawi). The group faced stiff competition from other groups from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia. It was here that the group was voted the best and won a European tour and album recording deal. From there the group never looked back releasing two albums to their name. Though not very popular in Zimbabwe, the group had fans in Europe, America and other countries.

Group 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

Tours

The group had toured extensively in many countries. The group had perfomed at many international concerts including at:

  1. 2014
  • Husbet – Esbjerk (Denmark)
  • Global – Copenhaguen (Denmark)
  • Cosmopolite – Oslo (Norway)
  • WOMAD – Adelaide (Australia)
  • WOMAD – Adelaide (Australia)
  • WOMAD – Taranaki (New Zealand)
  • WOMAD – Taranaki (New Zealand)
  • Ampere in Muffatwerk – Munich (Germany)
  • Treibhaus Innsbruck (Austria)
  • Botanique – Brussels (Belgium)
  • 30CC – Leuven (Belgium)
  • De Warande – Turnhout (Belgium)
  • The Sage Gateshead – Gateshead (UK)
  • Rich Mix – London (UK)
  • The Junction – Cambridge (UK)
  • Lighthouse – Poole (UK)
  • Wiltshie Music Centre – Bradford-On-Avon (UK)
  • Colston Hall – Bristol (UK)
  • Potardawe Arts Centre – Swansea (UK)
  • Mac – Birmingham (UK)
  • NCEM – York (UK)
  • The Apex – Bry St Edmunds (UK)
  • The Stables – Milton Keynes (UK)
  • The Brighton Dome – Brighton (UK)
  • Centre Culturel régional – Differdange (Luxembourg) – [Infos & Tickets]
  • ULM (Germany)
  • Kassel (Germany)
  • Worpswede (Germany)
  • Stuttgart (Germany)
  • Stanse (Switzerland)
  • Meck – Frick (Switzerland)
  • Moods – Zurich (Switzerland)
  • Bee-flat – Bern (Switzerland)
  1. Summer tour 2013
  • Harare International Festival of the Arts
  • Espace Delvaux – Bruxelles (BE)
  • RASA – Utrecht (NL)
  • Afro-Pfingsten Festival – Winterthur (CH)
  • Welt Musik Festival – Kassel (D)
  • Hallenbad – Wolfsburg (D)
  • Summer Stage – Köln (D)
  • Jazz Cafe – London (UK)
  • Weltnacht Festival – Bielefeld (D)
  • Oerol Festival – Terschelling (NL)
  • Oerol Festival – Terschelling (NL)
  • Africa Oyé Festival – Liverpool (UK)
  • Arts Festival of North Norway - Harstad (NO)
  • Mundial Festival – Tilburg (NL)
  • Roskilde Festival - Roskilde (DK)
  • TFF Festival – Rudolstadt (D)
  • ME YOU ZIK Festival - Luxembourg (LU)
  • Amsterdam Roots Festival – Amsterdam (NL)
  • Zelt Musik Festival – Freiburg (D)
  • Les Nuits de Gignac Festival – Gignac (FR)
  • Horizonte Festival – Koblenz (D)
  • Sommarscen Festival – Malmö (SE)
  • Earagail Festival – Letterkenny (IE)
  • Paleo Festival – Nyon (CH
  • Paleo Festival – Nyon (CH)
  • Bardentreffen Festival - Nuremberg (D)
  • Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
  • WOMAD UK - Charlton Park (UK)
  • Maschsee Festival – Hannover (D)
  • Helden in the Park Festival – Eeklo (B)
  • Tollhaus – Karlsruhe (D)
  • Sziget Festival – Budapest (HU)
  • Huvila tent Festival – Helsinki (FI)
  1. Falls Tour 2012
  • N9 (Eeklo, Belgium)
  • Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld (Köln, Germany)
  • SOAS (London, UK)
  • Nancy Jazz Pulsation (Nancy, France)
  • Live show @ BBC “Later with Jools Holland (London, UK)
  • Showcase @ WOMEX (Thessaloniki, Greece)
  • Toll haus (Karlsruhe, Germany)
  • Muffathalle (Munich, Germany)
  • Moods (Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Meck (Frick, Switzerland)
  • Lager Haus (Bremen, Germany)
  • South Bank (London, UK)
  • Hootanany (London, UK)
  • Passing clouds (London, UK)
  • Fiddlers (Bristol, UK)
  • Africa Oye (Liverpool, UK)
  1. Summer Tour 2012
  • Music meeting festival (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)
  • Festival of cultures (Hannover, Germany)
  • Das haus (Ludwigsburg, Germany)
  • Speicher (Husum, Germany)
  • Treisband (Lubeck, Germany)
  • La ferme du Biéreau (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
  • Couleur café festival (Bruxelles, Belgium)
  • Africa festival (Stutgart, Germany)
  • Lindenbrauerei (Unna, Germany)
  • Voice of nomads (Baikal Lake, Russia)
  • Polé Polé festival (Gent – Belgium)
  • Babel sound fest (Balaton lake, Hungary)
  • Fest Afrika (Tampere, Finland)
  1. Summer Tour 2010

8Melkweg – Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

  • Couleur Café festival – Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Festival Musicale del Mediterraneo – Genoa (Italy)
  • Me you Zik festival – Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
  • Program Rock um Knuedler (Luxembourg)
  • Moulin fantôme – Tubize (Belgium)
  • Afrikafestival – Hertme (The Netherlands)
  • Etnomusic festival – San Marino (Italy)
  • Colours of Ostrava festival (opening act of the Cranberries) – Ostrava (Czech Republic)
  • Pirineos Sur festival : Huesca (Spain)
  • Imagine festival – Trondheim (Norway)
  1. Falls Tour 2009
  • EU European Development Days European Commission – Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Voice and Accountability’ – Stockholm (Sweden)
  • Innvik – Oslo (Norway)
  • Espaloia kafe Antzokia – Elgeta (Spain)
  • Excantina – Bruxelles (Belgium)
  • Kingmaschool – Amsterdam (The Netherlands)[4]

Awards

The group has won both local snd international wards:

Discography

The oufit has two albums:

  1. Rising Tide (2012)
    • Njoka
  • Masangango
  • Mangongo
  • Mwile
  • Misozi
  • Yombe
  • Nimukonda
  • Ndundule
  • Manunge
  • Mabemba
  • Mvula
  • Welelye
  1. Kweseka (2009)[7]

References

  1. BIO, 'Mokoomba', Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  2. Zimbabwean Band Mokooomba, Storms World Charts, 'NewsDzeZimbabwe', Published: 27 Oct 2012, Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  3. Robin Denselow, Mokoomba: Zimbabwe's new sound, 'The Guadian', Published: 25 Apr 2013, Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  4. CONCERTS, 'Mokoomba', Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  5. Mokoomba in homecoming show, 'NewsDay', Published: 16 May 2014, Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  6. Mokoomba Scoops International Award, 'Zimbo Jam', Published: 26 Nov 2013, Retrieved: 21 May 2914
  7. ALBUMS, 'Mokoomba', Retrieved; 1 May 214