credit: David Gaar
Mokoomba is one of the most exciting young bands to emerge from the African continent in the past 10 years. Hailing from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, they are setting dance-floors ablaze with their unique mix of traditional Tonga and pan-African music cultures with dashes of Rap, Ska, Soukous and Afro-Cuban music. Since winning the Music Crossroads Inter-regional Festival Competition in Malawi in 2008, Mokoomba has toured more than 42 countries worldwide. They shared the stage with Senegalese star Baaba Maal (HIFA 2013), and have performed at a slew of internationally renowned festivals including WOMAD (UK), Roskilde Festival (Denmark), Festival Gnawa (Morocco), WOMAD Australia, WOMAD New Zealand, Montreal Jazz, Festival d’Ete Vancouver Folk Festival, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, the Festival Internationale de Louisiane (sharing the stage w/Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz of Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club fame & indie band Givers), Concert of Colors, Mountain Stage, Lowell Folk Festival, the Kennedy Center, and the Edmonton Folk Festival. They were invited to the legendary Apollo Theater in Harlem with the Africa Now Festival, and in 2017 released Luyando a Songlines favorite.
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