At a time when international artists are flocking to the city to give local audiences a taste of their art, multi award-wining afro fusion group Mokoomba performs with Selmor Mtukudzi at 7 Arts Theatre tomorrow night (Thursday 19 December).
The group which has been riding high on the international music scene while also accumulating a great following at home, evident by their packing Book Café earlier this month, will be moving to a much bigger venue. Mokoomba’s manager Marcus Gora explains, “This spectacular showcase is a world class musical treat and celebration of local talent with a push for the support of quality local content.”
The group is distinct because of its intense blend of Tonga traditional rhythms and other genres such as reggae, soukous and afro-salsa to create a pan-African sound. All this, added to a bursting energy propelled by front man Mathias Muzaza’s soaring vocals and the show promises to be a thriller.,
Mokoomba will be complemented by the daughter of the legendary Oliver Mtukudzi who has been gaining popularity with songs such as Wakandipedzera Nguva and Ruby over the past few months. Mtukudzi will perform with a band of highly talented artists including her husband Tendai Manatsa, son of the jazz legend Zex.
“Selmor Mtukudzi has this vibrant and joyful fresh take on Zimbabwe’s musical tradition in a very contemporary and urban setting. She defies the confines of a single culture,” says Gora. Her deep and powerful voice and liberating style has established her as a premier singer-songwriter, whose playful story-telling songs shed light on a broad range of social concerns, among them women’s rights and erosion of traditional social values.
Mokoomba is one of the most successful bands in Zimbabwe having toured over 30 countries this year while receiving several accolades, the most recent being the Songlines Best New Comer Award in the United Kingdom last week.
The show will start at 8 pm, price $10.