Mokoomba set to launch new album
By Sharon Kavhu
HARARE- Internationally acclaimed Zimbabwe’s top Afro-fusion band, Mokoomba, is set to launch its new album titled ‘Luyando’ end of this month.
The album is expected to be launched at Theatre in the Park on March 24 and it carries 10 songs: ‘Mokole’, ‘Kulindiswe’, ‘Kumukanda’, ‘Luyando’, ‘Kambowa’, ‘Njawane’, ‘Muzwile’, ‘Vimbe’, ‘Mabemba’ and ‘Nyaradzo’
In an interview, the band manager Marcus Gora said the album was pre-launched during the band’s tour in seven European countries last month.
“The album title ‘Luyando’ is a Tonga word for ‘Love’. We just had a successful pre-launch tour in Europe where the band performed in seven countries: Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Belgium, The Netherlands and Denmark,” said Gora.
“Now we are working on increasing our visibility in the country by staging a number of musical concerts soon after launching the album locally.”
He said the album was a group effort.
Gora added: “The album credit goes to: Mathias Muzaza who is the lead vocalist and plays the traditional drums; Trustworth Samende who plays the acoustic guitar; Abundance Mutori who plays the bass guitar, Donald Moyo who plays cajon percussion; Miti Mugande who plays percussion and Ndaba Coster Moyo who plays calabash, percussion.”
Gora added: “The songs are mostly inspired by traditional songs and traditional stories about life and love.”
Mokoomba is arguably the most impressive band in Zimbabwe. The group consists of young energetic people who combine 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.
The group recently toured European where they performed at: Muffatwerk Ampere in Munich, Germany on February 9; Meck Stein in Frick, Switzerland on February 17; Global Copenhagen in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 18; Moriska Paviljongen in Malmo, Sweden on February 23; Lantaren Venster in Rotterndam, Netherlands on February 24; and Muziekpublique in Brussels, Belgium.
The afro-fusion band is also scheduled for another tour in the United States of America between April and May which includes the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival.