Zimbabwean band Mokoomba is making waves in Germany
Celebrated Zimbabwean afro-fusion band Mokoomba is making waves in Germany. They returned home after a tour of Europe, which included a series of shows in Germany, to launch their third album distributed by the Munich-based world and African urban music label Outhere Records.
Enlarge image Mokoomba band members at the launch of their latest album Luyando (© GIC Africa) “It was great performing in Germany during our tour of Europe and we are back home briefly and have just launched our third album released under the Outhere Records label,” bassist and band spokesman Abundance Mutori told GIC ahead of the band’s new tour of the United States and Europe.
Their 10-track album Luyando which means “motherly love” in the minority Tonga language spoken in northwestern Zimbabwe and parts of neighbouring Zambia, debuted at number seven on Europe’s world music charts. “Luyando” is a lively and energetic mix that puts this young band back on the map as one of the leading African dance bands of today but firmly in touch with their roots.”
“It’s a great thing working with Outhere Records,” Mutori said. “We have a very good working partnership. We had a good time working together when we partly recorded our new album at their studio in Munich and we believe the relationship we have established will go far.”
Outhere Records said in a statement: “We are happy to work with Mokoomba one of Africa’s leading dance bands today on their new album “Luyando” in our studio in Munich."
Enlarge image Mokoomba band manager Marcus Gora (© GIC Africa) The sextet of lead singer Mathius Muzaza, bassist/backing vocalist Abundance Mutori; lead guitarist/backing vocalist Trustworth Samende; keyboardist/backing vocalist Donald Moyo; percussionist/backing vocalist Miti Mugande and drummer/backing vocalist Costa Ndaba Moyo, shared a strong love for music while still in high school at Mosi Oa Tunya School.
From their small beginnings as an unknown band of former schoolmates with no formal musical training, they have grown into a well-known band who to date have toured more than 50 countries across the world and performed at major world festivals sharing the stage with world-renowned artistes including South Africa’s Hugh Masekela, Malian Baaba Maal and opening for the Irish rock band The Cranberries.