Mokoomba readies for busy world tour

Members of Victoria Falls based Afro-fusion band Mookomba are getting ready for an overseas tour that will take them to Australia and Germany. Fans are looking forward to a farewell show ahead of it’s the two-month international schedule.

The tour will be the band’s first overseas trip since the group received the Songlines Award in the United Kingdom last year.

The band’s manager, Marcus Gora, said the group was weighing up the possibility of staging a big farewell show to set the scene for the international tour.

The group is scheduled to perform at the Book Café in February, just before they leave for their February 27 to May 7 tour.

The six-man outfit will be the only band from southern Africa and one of only two groups from Africa performing at the annual WOMADelaide festival in Australia. The programme features performances and workshops on seven stages by the world’s best traditional and contemporary musicians, dancers and DJs. The line-up includes Arrested Development (USA), Femi Kuti (Nigeria) and Billy Bragg (UK).

After the festival they will embark on a Making Tracks tour in the UK, which brings new and exciting music from around the globe to 11 of the best music venues in the UK.

Gora said: “Mookomba are pretty excited about the number of opportunities coming our way to perform abroad and it will encourage them to produce music for the international market.”

In a bid to appeal to a diverse audience and in different venues, the band has been working to perfect their new acoustic set that proved to be a winner with the audience at their debut acoustic performance at the Old Mutual Theatre in Harare.

During the two sold-out shows, they replaced drums and keyboards with the calabash and a cajón, a box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Perú. They introduced an unreleased Shona a cappella song called Nyaradzo .

Band spokesperson and bassist Abundance Mutori expressed the band’s gratitude to their fans.

“We are grateful for the turn-out by our fans and the positive response to our new act because, even though we are ready to perform, we were a bit nervous,” he said.

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