The Tribal house group Djembe Monks came into the music scene with a bang in 2012 when they released their first 12 track album “Deep love drums“. Since that time they have grown to undeniably becoming the city’s favourite performing act at events night spots and festivals. In 2015 the group released their second studio project in form an EP titled Bang The Drums which had songs like “Mulikaboto”, “Foyira” and “Djembe Fola”. Their journey is one of those that will be written in the city’s music history books.
In their six year run, the trio has decided to grace us with their third album titled Bantu Migrant which is a 13 track album that features a blend of musicians from different genres, among them being Mimie Tarukwana, Martyn Oosthuizen, Willis Wataffi Afrika, Hudson Simbarashe, Xmile, and Trust Samende from the popular afro fusion band Mokoomba among others.
“Bantu Migrant is also inspired by many of our friends and relatives all over the world, trying to make a life, a name and a better future for themselves and their loved ones”, said Emmanuel “Rootz” Nkomo, who is the group’s percussionist. He also revealed that the album is produced by Khotso “Seremola” Nare who also doubles up as the groups drummer.
The album launch will also be done alongside with the launch of the new Djembe Monks Brew, a craft beer which was inspired by the group’s performance at the River Brewing Co in Victoria Falls.
“The assortment of Ale and craft served at the brewery gave us a new perspective on beverages, so we thought giving our audience new music and a new taste of pure natural beer; a shift from the usual” added Nkomo.
With this project Djembe Monks are set to pursue alternative forms of knowledge through exploring diverse vocal and musical gifts. Bantu Migrant celebrates the efforts put in by musicians in this project who travel far and wide sharing their beautiful talents. Music speaks to all of us in different ways yet it has this phenomenal power of bringing us together, hence giving us a sense of belonging” highlighted Rootz.
The new offering will be launched this Saturday at the Bulawayo gallery and tickets will go for $5 and will include a free disc. The party will start at 2pm.
The first album carried the song Ngoma Yorira which featured urban grooves star Otis Ngwabi – since then, the monks have never looked back in terms of making big impressions.