Part of Friday TonicFriday 2 November 2012
Mokoomba has been hailed as the most impressive band Zimbabwe has produced in recent memory.
Their second album 'Rising Tide', produced by Cote D'Ivoirian Manu Gallo, a veteran of Kiyi M'Bock and Zap Mama, has intrigued and surprised music critics across the globe. Coming from a Tonga minority along the banks of the Zambezi river, Mokoomba sing a language foreign to even their own countrymen.
You won't hear any of the music generally associated with Zimbabwe. Instead Mokoomba exploit Tonga folklore rhythms and offset them to Congolese grooves, rap, ska and latin tunes.
The sustained intensity of the voice of lead singer Mathais Muzaza has been described as a 'spinal experience'.
Mokoomba lives, breathes and explodes with natural youthful energy on stage, aided by a brass section performing with them for this show.
'An excellent new album by a young band from Zimbabwe, a country that was a powerhouse of African music back in the 1980s ...they blend local Tonga and global influences in their varied, self-written songs...the impressive production is by Manou Gallo from the Ivory Coast, who once played bass for Zap Mama.' The Guardian