Zimbabwean afro-fusion band plays in Germany
Celebrated Zimbabwean afro-fusion band Mokoomba returned to Germany where they performed at three festivals as they wrapped up a five-month tour of the North America and Europe to promote their new album.
Enlarge image On stage in Europe (© Marco Gora) “Mokoomba returned to Europe from North America two weeks ago and last week they played three concerts in Germany,” band manager Marcus Gora told GIC Africa. Gora said the band played at Micro Festival in Dortmund, Fest Der Kulturen in Hannover and Hafner Open Festival in Rodermark. Their latest shows in Germany came after another series of performances in Germany in March. “All the three concerts were well-attended,” he said. “Audiences at all the three concerts really enjoyed our brand of music and at the end of the shows we had queues of fans lining up to get signed copies of the new album.”
The album “Luyando” which means “mother’s love” in the minority Tonga language spoken in north-western Zimbabwe and parts of Zambia, was released in April under the Munich-based world and African urban music label Outhere Records.
Enlarge image Mokoomba band members sing mainly in native languages (© Marcus Gora) The album debuted at number seven on Europe’s world music charts. A reviewer said “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.”
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, grew up in the same neighbourhood of Chinotimba township in the resort town of Victoria Falls.
They shared a strong love for music while still in high school at Mosi Oa Tunya School. From their small beginnings as an unknown band with no formal musical training, they have grown into a well-known outfit.
To date they 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.