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About Mokoomba live in the UK 2017:

One of the most entertaining young bands in Africa … A natural entertainer, wearing a black hat and demonstrating some slick dance routines with the band, lead singer Mathias Muzaza has a powerful, soulful voice that is at times reminiscent of his great compatriot Oliver Mtukudzi, but also capable of hoarse, driving effects. He was backed by two percussionists, bass, a keyboard player who at times imitated the likembe thumb piano, and guitarist Trustworth Samende, who switched from South African township styles to funk. They were all impressive singers.” **** The Guardian (about Mokoomba at 229)


"Mokoomba don’t rest for a second. They dance as if they are possessed by the vibes and grooves they play. Their performances are so cohesive that it looks like you’re participating in a music ritual … The gig was steadily upbeat and dance-inducing.Rhythm Passport (about Mokoomba at 229)

"As they launch into opening number Kumukanda, lead vocalist Mathias Muzaza’s cultured and spine-tingling voice stuns the audience.  Coarse and improbably deep to start with, it soars into rich high notes with consummate ease and its clarity fills the venue wall to wall, as it does throughout the evening. Muzaza’s bandmates provide a lively and pulsating rhythm, which is punctuated with Trustworth Samede’s surprisingly delicate guitar riffs in what essentially is joie-de-vivre rock’n’roll with a difference. Whether singing virtually a cappella or backed by full-on instrumental blasts, Mokoomba’s collective voices, arranged as traditional African chants, imbue their music with a heart and soul that has an invigorating authenticity.” **** Morning Star (about Mokoomba at 229)

Saturday’s highlight was Mokoomba who stunned with their high energy, dancing together with joy and an infectious rhythm. Mathias Muzaza's voice sounds something between pebbles washing on a beach and a deep, guttural growl, giving his emotional song to his parents an overwhelming potency. An outstanding finish to the first day.” 

Mokomba in the Media
Mokoomba in the Media
Mokoomba Songlines Magazin 2017
Mokoomba AfricaOye 2017 -fRoots
Mokoomba RhythmPassport June2017
Mokoomba Luyando fRoots

Media Clippings - UK Tour 2017 & Album Luyando

Rhythm Passport
229 live review (6 July 2017) 
+ Interview (10 May 2017)
+ the interview also appeared in their printed magazine (June 2017), and the band were on the cover of the magazine
+ Album review (30 March 2017)
+ have included a track (“Kulindiswe”) on their digital compilation (Vol. 12, released 20 March 2017, as a bundled compilation/ MP3 download, available to their newsletter subscribers for free for for one week), included in mail-out and here.
+ included them as their Daily Discovery (14 June 2017), as shared on their Twitter

The Independent
229 live review (21 June 2017) / It was also shared on Twitter by @Independent (2.26 million followers!): 

Gigwise
“Mokole” streamed + album & gig news (6 March 2017)

Monolith Cocktail
Album review (9 March 2017) / Also shared on Twitter (@MonolithBlogger) 

Louder Than War
Album review (11 March 2017) / (Also linked to Hype Machine )

Wanderlust website
‘Luyando’ is included amongst "29 new albums to look out for in 2017" (14 December 2016)

Northern Sky
Album review

TunA The Day
“Mokole” (including a stream) was featured as the "Catch of the Day” (track of the day) (30 March 2017).  It’s now been moved to the "Canned Tuna" (archive) section / Track actions are here

The Guardian
Mokoomba are included in "Future sounds: the best pop and rock of 2017” preview feature (7 January 2017, online & in print)
+ mentioned in ’10 of the UK's best music festivals for folk, jazz, blues and world fans’ preview piece (6 May 2017)
+ Album review, in the paper (3 March 2017) & online (2 March 2017)
Also shared on Twitter by @guardianmusic (413K followers): 
+ 229 live review, in the paper (21 June 2017) & online (20 June 2017):
It was also shared on Twitter:  @guardian (6.58 million followers!)
@guardianmusic (415K followers) / @guardianculture (95K followers)

Financial Times / FT Weekend
Album review, in print & online (25/26 February 2017):  

Evening Standard
Album review (24 March 2017)

Songlines
Cover feature (April 2017)
+ ‘Top of the World’ album review + track (“Kulindiswe”) on covermount CD (April 2017 issue) + CD will be on Songlines channel on British Airways’ inflight programme +   (the April 2017 issue was included in all delegate bags at Babel Med)
+ feature preview (March 2017)
+ Mokoomba mentioned in Africa Oye review in Songlines magazine (August/ September 2017)

fRoots
Album review (April 2017)
+ news about Africa Oye + London gig and their upcoming World on 3 session (June 2017)

Jazzwise
Album review (April 2017) / The review is the same that previously appeared in Songlines.

RNR magazine
Album review (May/ June 2017)

New Internationalist
Album review (March 2017)

Morning Star
Album review, in print & online (28 February 2017) /+ 229 gig review in print & online (21 June 2017)

Weekend on BBC World Service
Interview (1 July 2017) It was part of this programme

Focus on BBC World Service Africa
4 April 2017: played a track

World on 3 on BBC Radio 3
10 February 2017 (with Lopa Kothari): Vimbe / 10 March 2017 (with Lopa Kothari): Kulindiswe / 17 March 2017 (with Lopa Kothari): Kumukanda / 24 March 2017 (with Lopa Kothari): Kumukanda / 31 March 2017 (with Kathryn Tickell): Kulindiswe / 16 June 2017 (with Kathryn Tickell): 4 live songs (“Mokole”, “Kambowa”, “Kulindiswe”  & “Munyae”) + interview, Part 1 starts 33:30 mins into the show. / Part 2 starts 1 hour 18 mins in. / Also you can listen to just Mokoomba’s session here. + Tweet from the presenter (@kathryntickell, 6,170 followers)

Loose Ends on BBC Radio 4
17 June 2017: 1 live song (“Mokole”), (Mokoomba starts 8:20 mins into the show) / A clip of just “Mokole”  /The Loose Ends photo gallery is here

Cerys on 6 on BBC Radio 6 Music 
9 April 2017: Kulindiswe / 16 April 2017: Kulindiswe  / 7 May 2017: Kulindiswe  / 18 June 2017: Interview and 2 live songs (Kambowa & Kulindiswe),   (starts 1 hour 35 mins into the show) / Also good feedback etc on Twitter / This press tweet got retweeted by @BBC6Music (638 K followers) and @cerysmatthews (70.2K amongst others) / @BBC6Music also tweeted this. /+ Cerys later tweeted this.

Gideon Coe on BBC Radio 6 Music
20 February 2017: Mokole / 8 March 2017: Muzwile

Don Letts’ Culture Clash Radio on BBC Radio 6 Music
12 March 2017: Kambowa

PMS - The Popular Music Show on BBC Radio Merseyside
26 February 2017: played 2 tracks

African Caribbean show on BBC Radio Leicester 104.9FM
Played 11/12 March 2017

Caschlár on BBC Radio Foyle & Radio Ulster (BBC’s Northern Ireland radio network)
1 July 2017: was their Album of the Week, and they played 4 songs (Kulindiswe, Kumukanda, Nyaradzo & Mabemba),

On The Wire on BBC Radio Lancashire
4/5 March 2017: Kulindiswe  + here

Jazz Travels on Jazz FM
7 March 2017: Kulindiswe  / 28 March 2017: Mokole

Floating Roofs on NTS Radio
19 March 2017: Kambowa / 31 March 2017: Kambowa + Vibe (at the NTS Tate Late)

360 Degrees Around the Globe on Radio Cardiff 98.7FM
26 February 2017

A World in London with DJ Ritu on SOAS Radio
22 February 2017 (episode 211): Kumukanda
+ Twitter / + will continue playing

hackney globetrotting radio/ Hackney GlobeTrotter on SOAS Radio
Show 204 (6 April 2017?): Kambowa / Show 205 (3 May 2017?): Kambowa

The Hello Goodbye Show on Resonance 104.4fm London
17 June 2017: Kumukanda,    

The Outerglobe on Resonance 104.4fm London
Has played something

The Global Glitch on Mi-Soul 
20 February 2017 (episode 87): Luyando / 6 March 2017 (episode 89): Muswile / (also Madera Verde on SOAS Radio)  /Chris Greenwood has played something

World Beat Show on Glastonbury FM
Will play + it will be Album of the Week

Afrobase on Radio Reverb 97.2FM Brighton & on Totally Radio 
26 February 2017: Muzwile  / 2 May 2017 (#677): Muzwile    

Roots & Shoots on Phonic 106.8 FM Exeter
20 February 2017: played a track + will play more

Roots & Fusion on Pure 107.8FM Stockport

1 March 2017 (episode 417): played a track

WorldBeatUK on Brum Radio
13 March 2017: Mokele &  Muzwile /  Also shared on Twitter: here / here / here 

No Wahala Sounds World Showcase on Jazz London Radio
14 May 2017 (episode 72): Mokole / 9 July 2017 (episode 76): Moremba
+ came to 22 9 show and tweeted this.

I Went To The Crossroads on BCB Radio 106.6 fm Bradford
Has been playing tracks

Strange Fruit on Muskin Radio (North West Kent)
18 June 2017 (#216): Njawane

theartsdesk Radio Show 
episode 19 (first broadcast 14 March 2017): Komukanda,   + Listen again

Ear to the globe on Dublin City Anna Livia 103.2 FM
27 February 2017: Mokole / 6 March 2017: Vimbe + Muzwile / 13 March 2017: : Nyaradzo + Kulindiswe / 20 March 2017: Kumukanda /17 April 2017: Kulindiswe

Planet Waves on Celtic Music Radio on 1530 AM & online
21 February 2017: Mokole / 28 march 2017: Kumukanda
11 April 2017: Nyaradzo / 9 May 2017: Kulindiswe 

Out Of This World podcast on Podbean
6 March 2017 (episode 397): Mokole / 13 March 2017 (episode 398): Kulindiswe / 20 March 2017 (episode 399): Muzwile / 27 March 2017 (episode 400): Kambowa / 3 April 2017 (episode  401): Mabemba / 10 April 2017 (episode 402): Vimbe / 17 April 2017 (episode 403): Nyaradzo
24 April 2017 (episode 404): Njawane / 3 May 2017 (episode 405): Kumukanda

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