Fans bail out Mokoomba

Mokoomba, an internationally acclaimed music group that hails from the resort town of Victoria Falls, has benefited from financial contributions from its fans across the world.

Through a programme called Africa Unsigned that is designed to help bands record songs and tour Europe through investment from fans, Mookomba has written a success story.

Band manager Marcus Gora said: “Through funds donated by our various fans we are now making world-class recordings, collaborating with international artists and producers thereby reaching wide local and international audiences.”

One of the products of this new concept has been collaboration with international house music producer Grego Salto with whom the band recorded a four-track album expected next month.

Gora said Mokoomba clinched the deal after being chosen by a panel of international music experts.

“We were selected by Africa Unsigned, a Netherlands-based fan-funding project, founded by Pim Betist which involves artists selected by a panel of African music experts such as Baba Maal, Damon Albarn, Tony Allen and Angela Angweni,” he said.

Gora said the group reached their funding target last month.

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Mokoomba’s music is a unique blend of Afro-fusion and traditional Tonga rhythms. The multi-talented band sings in Tonga, Nyanja, Lubale, Ndebele, Shona and English.

They are winners of Music Crossroads Inter-regional Festival prize (2008) as well as the Stand Up Take Action, End Poverty Campaign competition prize for 2009.

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