MOKOOMBA brings audiences an electrifying blend of Afro-fusion and tantalizing traditional Tonga rhythms. The name MOKOOMBA stems from the deep respect that the Tonga people have for the Zambezi River and for the vibrant life that it brings to their music and culture. This exciting Tonga group from Zimbabwe certainly has a unique sound that is set to take the world music scene by storm!
The group was formed in 2001 and has today become a household name in Victoria Falls and have a growing fan base in Zimbabwe. MOKOOMBA’s road to fame began when they won the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival (IRF) in Lilongwe (Malawi). The IRF jury members chose due to their great potential, strong musical material, the excellent lead and backing vocals backed by a tight, strumming groove.
MOKOOMBA was awarded the Music Crossroads first prize: their first CD (6 titles) and a European tour in summer 2009 – alongside a yearlong training program led by international music industry professionals to prepare the band members for the long road ahead.
MOKOOMBA created a real buzz during their first European tour in 2009. During this tour they also got together with the famous Dutch DJ Gregor Salto, known for his funky sets with a lot Soul, Latin, Jazz, Disco and Afro flavoured House for the “Stand Up Take Action – End Poverty Campaign” in 2009 of Africa Unsigned where they recorded the track «Messe Messe» and several remixes.
After that tour, Zig Zag World felt in love with Mokoomba since the beginning, decided to take them in its international agency, next to artists such as the greatest master of djembe, Mamady Keita, the Ivorian bass player Manou Gallo.
MOKOOMBA came back in Europe in 2010 for a tour where they did prestigious stages all over Europe, they were the opening act for the Cranberries at the Colors Festival in Ostrava (Czech Rep.), Couleur Café festival in Brussels (Belgium), Meyouzik festival (Luxembourg), Pirineos Sur festival (Spain), Afrikafestival in Hertme (The Netherlands), Etnomusic festival (San Marino – Italy), City of Luxemburg festival, …
During 2010 and 2011, they recorded their 2nd CD « Rising tide » produced by the great Ivorian bass player & singer Manou Gallo. A meeting around African music in evolution with boiling energies ! The CD was released in spring 2012 and has gained many awards and attention all over the world which made Mokoomba play the biggest and prestigious festivals such as Roskilde, Sziget, Afro Pfingsten and many more. They will be back for a 3 months tour in Europe in summer 2015 and will present a new acoustic show in autumn 2015.
MOKOOMBA is a rollercoaster ride of raw Afrofusion energy !!
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW- get it worldwide!
release date 10.March. 2017 / Outhere Records
Songlines Music Magazine - 2017
Zimbabwe Music Awards - 2014
Zim Achievers Awards - 2014
Zimbabwe Music Awards UK - 2013.
National Arts Merit Awards - 2013
Songlines Music Awards - 2013
Sept 29 - Harare - Harare Gardens, Zimbabwe
Oct 06 - Budapest - Ritmo Festival, Hungary
Oct 12 - Kortrijk - Schouwburg, Belgium
Oct 21 - Winterthur - Kulturpunkt Flawil, Switzerland
Oct 25 - Salzburg - Jazz in the City, Austria
Oct 26 - Salzburg - Jazz in the City, Austria
Oct 28 - Salzburg- Jazz in the City, Austria
Nov - 02 Wien - Szene Wien, Austria
Nov 4 - Trondheim - Transform Festival, Norway
Nov 22 - München Bayerischer Hof Nightclub, Germany
Nov 24-25 - Rabat - Visa for Music, Marocco
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