Bulawayo’s rising musical duo Stango and Nongoma left the country for their debut tour of Europe early this month.
After successfully launching their first album -Thatha, the group has impressed crowds and courted the interest of European markets. Stango and Nongoma had their first concert in Bratislava, Slovakia before making a performance in Vienna Austria. The group is also billed for performances in Germany.
Stango and Nongoma is a music duo that fuses the inimitable spiritual sound of the Mbira with Guitar and a unique blend of majestic voices derived from the Ndebele tradition of vocal music. Their music has a purity and newness that touches the human in a spiritual way.
Coming from two separate backgrounds, they both have a story and uniqueness to contribute to their journey together. Nongoma comes from Filabusi, in Matabeleland South. She discovered her musical self singing in church and grew through the desire to experiment with vocals. She was inspired by female Afro Jazz musicians.
Stango grew up in an orphanage in Bulawayo where he taught himself how to play Marimba, Mbira and some percussion that including the popular Djembe.
He taught himself how to play the guitar in an effort to interpret a unique sound that was inside him. On meeting Nongoma, he taught her how to play Mbira and they have since grown and learnt together.
“Our songs are inspired by a spiritual element that is inside all of us.” – Nongoma
“We can’t wait to perform in Europe for the first time, as a child, I always dreamt of performing in front of people and share my talent with them. Our songs inspire us in their different subject matters, from motivation, our love of music, revelation to questioning the ways of the world today and a call for peace, love and harmony.” said Nongoma
The duo is set to mesmerize audiences across the globe with their beautiful sounds