Mango Groove enjoy fruits of success

mangoHARARE Top South African music group Mango Groove thrilled Harare fans last week performing songs from their long-awaited all-new studio album Bang the Drum their first in 14 years.

The album, released at the end of last month in South Africa, contains some great music if the crowd reaction at the OG, where they performed, is anything to go by.

But it was Claire Johnston, the voice and face of Mango Groove, who put the icing on the cake. Johnston, who has pursued a solo career in parallel with her band appearance, was overwhelmed with the reaction she got from the crowd, reinforcing her status as a South African entertainment icon.

Mango Groove is an 11-piece Afro-pop group formed in 1983 in Johannesburg. They have sold more than 700,000 albums in South Africa alone, mostly with popular hits like Dance Some More, Special Star, Hometalk and Nice To See You.

The group has had 12 number one hits in South Africa and was the only group to remain at the top of the South African national sales charts for over a year. They have received almost every South African music and video award, as well as a number of global awards.

They have also performed at sell-out shows in many cities across the world, including London, Paris, Hong Kong and Sydney. Their unique blend of marabi, kwela and pop music, together with the voice and presence of Claire Johnston and the penny whistle of Mduduzi Magwaza, have brought them popularity.

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