Mokoomba

Bio

Mokoomba is a Zimbabwean six-piece band made up of Mathias Muzaza (lead vocal and percussion), Trustworth Samende (lead guitar), Abundance Mutori (bass), Donald Moyo (keyboards), Ndaba Coster Moyo (drums) and Miti Mugande (percussion).

The group hails from the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe, popular for its natural beauty and cultural diversity. The region is home to the Tonga people, one of the country’s minority groups. Despite coming from a small border town and singing in a language foreign to even their countrymen, Mokoomba have never been deterred from their dream of making music.

Musically distinct, Mokoomba combines 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. Their unique style largely originates from lead vocalist Muzaza. Born to Angolan and Zambian parents, Muzaza has spent his life travelling southern Africa and absorbing the region's music heritage into the band's repertoire. Fellow band members call him a walking, talking (but mostly singing) music library of southern African song.

The name Mokoomba stems from a deep respect that the Tonga people have for the Zambezi River and for the vibrant life that it brings to their music and culture.

Formed in 2001, the group entered their first Music Crossroads Local Festival in August 2007 in Bulawayo and went on to play the National Festival in Harare. The road to fame started in August 2008 at the Music Crossroads Inter Regional Festival (IRF) in Lilongwe, Malawi, where their destiny was changed forever. During 2010 and 2011, they recorded their second album 'Rising Tide', which was produced by Ivorian bass player and singer Manou Gallo.

Since then they have performed all over Europe, North America and Africa, including live performance in the renowned BBC live show 'Later with Jools Holland' and at WOMEX in Greece.

Photos by: David Durbach

Music

Track artwork
Mokoomba
05 YOMBE
03:07
SoundCloud
Like
226
Track artwork
Mokoomba
02 MISOZI
05:14
SoundCloud
Like
90
Track artwork
Mokoomba
04 NJOKA
04:53
SoundCloud
Like
90

Photos

ZWVictoria Falls, Zimbabwe
In operation since: 
2001

Contact

+32025372525
Zig Zag World
Profile added by Linda Gabriel on 24 Jul 2014
Advert
Register now!