Mokoomba launches album tonight

ONE of Zimbabwe’s youngest and world travelled band Mokoomba will launch their new album, Luyando today at Harare’s Theatre In The Park.

Mokoomba burst on to the global scene nearly five years ago with Rising Tide, an album that featured 13 guest musicians and excursions into reggae, rap and funk.

Luyando is a? self-produced new album by Mokoomba.

It is their first album for Outhere Records and the follow-up to their celebrated international debut album Rising Tide (2012, Igloo Records).

On Luyando, Mokoomba modified their dance oriented line-up to record a more raw, mostly acoustic album.
Luyando is a stripped down album that balances the group’s love of pan-African and international sounds with the local and traditional sounds they also were listening to while growing up as friends in the Chinotimba Township of Victoria Falls.

The songs are rooted in the local traditions and life in their hometown, on the Zambezi River named after the spectacular waterfall.

The Zambezi River touches five African countries, and serves as a melting pot for diverse cultures.

Living in a border city that attracts visitors from all over the world gave Mokoomba’s music an international perspective from the beginning, incorporating everything from soukous to ska and salsa along with local musical traditions.

While Tonga, the language that is spoken by the original inhabitants of the Zambezi Valley of Southern Africa has been the band’s dominant ?language of composition, the songs on Luyando ?are sung in Luvale, Shona, Tonga  and Ndebele.

The album’s title Luyando translates as “mother’s love” in Tonga and takes its inspiration from the Makishi masquerade ritual practised in parts of Victoria Falls? and nearby Zambia, which some members of Mokoomba participated in as boys.

The Makishi masquerade is performed at the end of the Mukanda, an initiation ritual for boys between the ages of eight and 12, when young boys leave their homes and live for one to six months at a bush camp away from their villages.

It’s a fundamental and often lonely time in a boy’s life, when they learn the self-assurance required of young men in their community, while still often yearning for the tenderness of their mother’s love.
The end of the Mukanda is marked by a joyous graduation ceremony called Chilende, full of colourful masks, music and dancing.

Mokoomba comprises Mathias Muzaza — lead vocals, backing vocals and percussions; Trustworth Samende — electric, nylon guitars and backing vocals; Abundance Mutori — bass and backing vocals; Donald Moyo — keyboards, backing vocals; Miti Mugande — percussion and backing vocals; and Ndaba Coster Moyo: drums, backing vocals.

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