Mokoomba is a Zimbabwean internationally acclaimed and award winning Afro-fusion group. The group which hails from Victoria Falls rose to prominence in 2008 after winning the Music Crossroads Inter-Regional Festival (IRF). The group sings in a number of languages including in the Tonga, Nyanja and Lubale language. 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.[1] The group topped the iTunes charts in 2012 with their second album Rising Tide.[2] Despite being popular outside Zimbabwe, Mokoomba is not well known in Zimbabwe.

Mokoomba
The Mokoomba Band
Mokoomba (Photo Credit: ⓒ WDR/Strange Milena)
Background information
Origin Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Genres Afro-Fusion
Website mokoomba.com
Members

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Early career

The group was formed while the members were still in high school. That was 2002 when they were attending school together at Mosi-Oa-Tunya High School in Victoria Falls. There was an elderly musician in their neighbourhood, a guitarist called Alfred Mujimba (now late), a relative of Mathias Muzaza, who had music instruments that he had used with music group whose members had since dispersed. Mujimba discovered Mathias and from there was introduced to Mathias's friends and the friends would go to Munjimba's place after school to play. They then started playing with Mujimba and he'd give them a chance to do their own music performances sometimes.[3]

The group was initially called Koomboka (some, Kombooka) and at that time it was led by Alfred (son of Chief Siachilaba). Alfred was a manager/bandleader who also performed. In 2007 however, the band decided to take part in the Music Crossroads Local Festival in Bulawayo and because of age, Alfred couldn't be part of the band. They then changed the band name to Mokoomba for the competition. The group which went on to give a stellar performance at the National Festival held in Harare went on to represent Zimbabwe at the Music Crossroads Inter-Regional Festival (IRF) in Lilongwe (Malawi). The group faced stiff competition from other groups from Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and Zambia.

Music Crossroads Southern Africa Inter-Regional Festival (Lilongwe, Malawi 7–10 August 2008) but the band of 6 won the competition festival and as the winner of the IRF Grand Final they received a Music Crossroads European Tour of over 10 different countries, professional training and an album recording, to set them firmly on the road to fame. The group then decided to continue without him to be able to make the European tour. Thus the group became known as Mokoomba.[4]

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Group Members

Videos

Njoka Video shot in Harare


Mokoomba Performance on KEXP


Mokoomna at Afrikafestival Hertme 2010 - Part 1


Mokoomna at Afrikafestival Hertme 2010 - Part 2


Mokoomba performs Masangango live at Hootananny Brixton in November 2012


Mokoomba performs Masangango live


A live performance of Njoka at WOMAD Charlton Park, on 28 July 2013.


Mokoomba Toronto Debut! A Small World Music presentation


Makoomba: TD Sunfest 2014


Mokoomba performs Njoka and other songs live at Afropfingsten Winterthur 2013


Mokoomba performs in traditional gear


Short Mokoomba documentary on their music


Performance of Njoka at a festival in Europe


Mokoomba does an impromptu Njoka performance


Mokoomba live performance


Messe messe by Gregor Salto and Mokoomba


Welele by Gregor Salto and Mokoomba


Umvundla by Gregor Salto and Mokoomba


Busie by Gregor Salto and Mokoomba



Pictures

Tours

The group had toured extensively in many countries. The group had perfomed at many international concerts including at:

  1. 2014
  1. Summer tour 2013
  1. Falls Tour 2012
  1. Summer Tour 2012
  1. Summer Tour 2010

8Melkweg – Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

  1. Falls Tour 2009

Awards

The group has won both local snd international wards:

Discography

The oufit has two albums:

  1. Kweseka (2009)[8]
  2. Rising Tide (2012)




References

  1. BIO, 'Mokoomba', Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  2. Zimbabwean Band Mokooomba, Storms World Charts, 'NewsDzeZimbabwe', Published: 27 Oct 2012, Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  3. Mokoomba - Full Performance (Live on KEXP), YouTube, Published:31 August 2014, Retrieved:21 February 2015,
  4. Penny, Poney Gross Tonga youth band MOKOOMBA winner @ Music Crossroads, Mulonga.net, Published:7 September 2008, Retrieved:21 February 2015,
  5. CONCERTS, 'Mokoomba', Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  6. Mokoomba in homecoming show, 'NewsDay', Published: 16 May 2014, Retrieved: 21 May 2014
  7. Mokoomba Scoops International Award, 'Zimbo Jam', Published: 26 Nov 2013, Retrieved: 21 May 2914
  8. ALBUMS, 'Mokoomba', Retrieved; 1 May 214