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Mokoomba keeps shining for Africa

Zimbabwean musical group Mokoomba on Sunday put up a razor-sharp show that set ablaze the Fest Der Kulturen at New Town Hall in Hannover, Germany.

Their music that combines traditional and modern instruments to deliver sounds that fuse different cultures from Southern Africa, left the impressive audience with nothing but appreciation.

Through its music, the group continues to show that the African continent is full of talent.

Mokoomba’s performance at the festival was the last on the main stage on Sunday and they came on stage soon after the audience had enjoyed the reggae vibes of Ghanaian group Black Prophet.

They had people dancing from their first song through to the last.

The six-member group had to do one more song by public demand.

The members of the group are Mathias Muzaza (lead vocals, percussions),Trustworth Samende (guitar and vocals), Abundance Mutori (bass and vocals), Donald Moyo ( keyboards and vocals), Ndaba Coster Moyo (drums and vocals) and Miti Mugande (percussions and vocals).

“We are always thankful for the support we receive in different places and today it has been amazing. We always say that we come from Africa in Zimbabwe and we are here to show what Africa is made of,” Abundance said.

He said apart from offering music to the world, the festivals have also given them an opportunity to interact with other artists.

The products of Music Crossroads and won the Music Crossroads Inter-regional finals in Lilongwe, Mokoomba have had stints performing at Lake of Stars and Blantyre Arts Festivals.

The group is currently on a world tour and performed in Hannover straight from their exploits in USA.

From Hannover they are also set to perform in Dortmund, Germany and then Belgium before returning home early next month.

“It has not been easy to be where we are today. The journey has been tough but we kept on pushing and most of all we have remained unique with our music. We just want to call upon fellow African artists to keep on working hard,” Abundance said.

The band that last month also performed at the Forde Traditional and World Music Festival in Norway is currently signed to the Belgian record label Igloo Records.

Other African acts that performed at the festival which started on Saturday include Stephane Zambie & Panafrika from Burkina Faso and Adesa from Ghana.

There was no artist from Malawi during the festival however; there was a Malawian stall which was orchestrated by Silvia Hesse, chairperson of the Friends Circle Malawi and twin cities Hannover and Blantyre.

Hesse, who has initiated several projects in the country through the city twinning partnership since the beginning of the International European project Aware and Fair in 2012, has since said they were looking forward to have Malawian artists perform in Hannover next year.

“Next year we have the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Hannover- Blantyre twinning and we hope to have more Malawian acts. We will see how it goes but it would be nice to have different acts,” Hesse said.

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