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Peter Kuthan / AZFA
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« on: September 07 2008 »

We have the pleasure to announce the Prize Winners of this years Music Crossroads Southern Africa Interregional Festival (Lilongwe, Malawi 7-10 August 2008),

the Zimbabwean band MOKOOMBA.

The band belongs to the minority ethnic group TONGA, based in the Victoria Falls bordering Zambia.

The word Mokoomba describes the respect of the Tonga people for the great Zambezi River, that is their source of life.

Their vivid and warm music and their exceptional lead vocalistwill make you discover a new culture and unknown traditions.

Due to the success of last years tour with Malawian band Body, Mind & Soul (the band will tour North America in summer 2009) and the interest of concert organizers to collaborate with Music Crossroads, we have reserved 3 months May, June and July 2009 for the European tour of MOKOOMBA.

The bands will be ready for concerts in festivals, theatres, clubs, in schools and workshops.

The promotion material will be ready by the end of October and we will be happy to send it to you.

What these artists are heading for is, as they say, worth more than gold. It is a once in a lifetime chance to launch their international musical careers, the lucky break they have all been working for. As the winner of the IRF Grand Final they will receive a Music Crossroads European Tour of over 10 different countries, professional training and an album recording, setting them firmly on the road to fame. Body Mind & Soul, last year's laureates, have recently returned home from their whirlwind tour and are set to make a special appearance at the festival before beginning preparations for their 2009 US Tour.

more / from:

Poney Gross

ZIG ZAG WORLD Management

32, rue aux Fleurs

B-1000 Bruxelles / Belgium

T: +32 2 537 25 25

E: poney@zigzagworld.be

www.zigzagworld.be

http://www.music-crossroads.net
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« Reply #1 on: September 08 2008 »

Hi Peter, and all friends,

Greetings from Harare!

Yes, but I think there is an error in spelling.  The group I know is KOMBOOKA,
they performed here at The Book Cafe in Harare before leaving for Malawi.

They are led by Chief Siachilaba's son Alfred, although he did not travel to
Malawi.  I think maybe he is more of manager/bandleader who also performs, or
maybe there was an age limit, not sure.  This is partly the same band that he
brought to Siachilaba ITC back in the day, but it has 'evolved' a bit!

It was good to see him though, he spent quite a lot of time around here, and we
had lunch together.

Viva Batonga!
Penny
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« Reply #2 on: September 08 2008 »

Basically, it's the same band, but they change their name (KOOMBOKA to MOKOOMBA) because the leader Alfred (see the Penny's email) couldn't participate at the festival Music Crossroads for age reason.

For the info we have received from our Music Crossroads team in Zimbabwe, they have decided to continue without him to be able to make the European tour, it's why they have changed their name.
 

Best,

Poney
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« Reply #3 on: October 17 2008 »

MOKOOMBA (Zimbabwe)  : European tour in May, June & July 2009

Winners of the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival (IRF) 2008, MOKOOMBA bring

an electrified blend of Afro-fusion and tantalising traditional Tonga music. The name

MOKOOMBA stems from the deep respect that the Tonga people have for the Zambezi

River and for the vibrant life that it brings to their music and culture. MOKOOMBA is a

six-piece band singing in Tonga (one of the less known languages and cultures of

Zimbabwe), They fuse modern instruments and a dynamic showcase of Tonga made

instruments like the Jemba (drums), This wild Zimbabwean group certainly has a unique

sound that set to take the world music scene by storm!


more info / bookings:--

Horst Watzl

kulturen in bewegung/vidc

Möllwaldplatz 5/3

1040  Wien

watzl@vidc.org

T: 01-713 35 94-92

F: 01-713 35 94-73

www.kultureninbewegung.org
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« Reply #4 on: April 27 2010 »

Mokoomba (Zimbabwe) with Manou Gallo (Ivory Coast)

Sunday 2nd May – 1 pm to 2 pm

Telecel Main Stage

Presented by WBI in association with AON Zimbabwe

A unique collaboration that will see two diverse musical personalities cohabit in a concert pushing boundaries and marrying voices, melody and rhythms.

Winner of the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival in August 2008 and stars of HIFA 2009, Mokoomba offers audiences an electrifying blend of Afro-fusion and tantalizing traditional Tonga rhythms. Vibrant and danceable, their music combines Western contemporary instruments with traditional Tonga jemba in a mix that is attracting intense attention at home and abroad.

Bassist and percussion from Ivory Coast, Manou Gallo went to Europe originally to play with Zap Mama. Her solo career was launched with the album Dida (2005). She has been the subject of a musical documentary, Femme de rythme (2007) and her third album Lowlin will be released in Europe in 2010. She received the MTV Africa prize for “Best performing artist of Ivory Coast 2009″ and is adored and respected by musicians, critics and audiences throughout the world.

These exceptional artists are collaborating for the first time and the result is certain to be musically spellbinding.

source: http://www.hifa.co.zw/?p=268
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« Reply #5 on: November 23 2011 »

Mokoomba BAND NEWS

Mokoomba’s  documentary – “Mokoomba – from one river to the next”, featured in the just ended Zimbabwe International Film Festival, was screened last Friday 28 October at WOMEX, the world’s largest music industry conference, in Copenhagen Denmark.
http://www.womex.com/virtual/imz_international/event/mokoomba_from_one_to

Once again, thank you all very much for your continued support!

BOOKING,

Marcus Gora
Band manager - Mokoomba
Suite 10-12 Abbey House
13 George Silundika Avenue
Harare
Zimbabwe
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« Reply #6 on: January 08 2012 »

Dear Peter,

Thank you very much for the holiday message. We appreciate the hard work that you are doing and your continued coverage of Mokoomba on your website. We hope we can find ways to collaborate in this new year as we try in our own small way to promote visibility, preservation and development of the Tonga and other minority cultures and languages.

http://www.africaunsigned.com/#/news_articles/mokoomba-on-european-tour-in-2012

Best wishes for 2012!!

Kind Regards,

Marcus Gora
Band Manager - Mokoomba
Suite 10-12 Abbey House
13 George Silundika Avenue
Harare
Zimbabwe
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