There are some bands that just have to be seen live in order to totally get it. Mokoomba, from Zimbabwe, falls into that category. If you follow Afropop, you’ve seen several reports on this band, and that is because we continue to be in awe of the group. In fact, they're so special that Mokoomba will perform at our 30th Anniversary Gala on May 3 and will be inducted into the Afropop Hall of Fame!
Mokoomba blends traditional Tonga music from Victoria Falls with Zimrock, Afrobeat, ska and pop. The group has been together since 2002 as high school students, and the tightness in their sound results from that. Lead singer Mathias Muzaza is definitely a shining star in the group. His gruff, sonorous voice is full of emotion and will keep you engaged for the entire show as the rest of the band keeps you on your feet!
Before checking the group out at our gala this May, we’re offering a chance to win a pair of tickets to see them perform at BRIC on Feb. 22 along with the Mandingo Ambassadors! To enter, sign up for our newsletter and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Mokoomba 2018” in the subject line. For more on Mokoomba, like reviews and interviews with band members, check out the features below.
Mokoomba may be coming to your neck of the woods during their 2018 U.S. Winter Tour which includes a debut at the SXSW conference in Austin, TX! See below for the dates and locations:
WINTER 2018 U.S. TOUR DATES:
2/22: BRIC House, Brooklyn, NY
2/24: House of Blues, Boston, MA
2/28 - 3/7: Residency: Zimbabwe Cultural Center of Detroit , Detroit, MI
3/9: Taos Brewing Co, Taos, NM
3/11: The Dirty Bourbon Saloon, Albuquerque NM
3/14: SXSW: Russian House, Austin, TX
3/15: SXSW: Flamingo Cantina, Austin, TX
3/16: Freedom Hall, Park Forest IL