The Celebrated and globetrotting Zimbabwean afro-fusion outfit Mokoomba were yet again at their level best on Sunday evening as they dazzled music lovers who had attended their Bulawayo home coming gig held at the Smoke House.
The auditorium at Busters Sports Club was packed to capacity with an audience that included musicians, arts managers and radio personalities who had come to welcome the band back home. Mokoomba is regarded as one of the most entertaining bands in Africa and last performed in Bulawayo 6 years ago at the Intwasa Arts Festival.
The show kicked off just after 6pm with popular Bulawayo tribal house ensemble Djembe Monks warming the crowd up with an electrifying performance. The group belted out some of their popular tracks’ among them Somabhula. The trio also managed to get the crowd into a groove by playing a mix of local and African tracks fused in their popular percussion beats.
Djembe Monks were excited in preforming alongside one of the countries biggest musical exports to ever emerge in the last decade, “we are excited to have been afforded a chance to open for one of our favorites bands, we hope this will not only end here” said the group’s percussionist, Emmanuel Rootz Nkomo.
When Mokoomba came on stage they immediately impressed with a snip unplugged performance, before they got the crowd clapping, singing and dancing to most of their songs. The group mainly sings in Tonga although some of their acts are in Chewa, Bemba, English, Shona and Ndebele.
Marcus Gora, the band manager expressed his satisfaction of the group’s performance. “It has been amazing everyone loved the energy by the band you could tell by the dance moves that people were excited to see the group and hear some good music”.
To date Mokoomba has toured over 50 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania and have received critical recognition along the way. The group has recorded two chart topping albums Rising Tide 2012 and Luyando in 2017.