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Bongo Love launch album on Thursday night


Internationally acclaimed Afrocoustics music group Bongo Love will tonight launch their latest offering entitled Future Voices at Horizon.

Group spokesperson Mpho Mambira told NewsDay in an interview yesterday that it would be the first time for the 10-year-old group to launch one of their CDs in the country.

“We have not done it at home before (album launch),” said Mambira.

The four-member outfit has just returned from successful tour of the United States where they performed in cities such as Boston and Seattle.

They also staged performances in the Dominican Republic.

Tonight’s show is organised by Alliance Française de Bulawayo as part of their monthly event called “The Lounge”.

Gilmore Moyo, Cultural manager at Alliance Française said the organisation normally hosts theatre shows during “The Lounge”.

“We have decided to bring ‘The Lounge’ back through hosting Bongo Love at Horizon,” said Moyo.
“This event is part of our arts and culture exchange programmes which we host on a regular basis in collaboration with the Embassy of France”.

Future Voices is Bongo Love’s third album. Their previous albums are Afrocoustics and Rwendo.

Their music is a fusion of guitars and traditional African instruments like mbira, marimba, djembe drum and conga, a unique blend of Afrobeat fused with traditional Zimbabwean style music.

“People must come and experience our style which is different from the rest,” said Mambira.

In March 2006 Bongo Love won the national prize in the Music Crossroads contest and represented the country at regional finals in Maputo, Mozambique, where they came second.

They were then invited to perform in Sweden and the Dominican Republic, leading to their first major tour of the United States in 2007.

Since then they have travelled extensively around the world, performing at festivals, camps, clubs and private social functions.

During local and international assignments Bongo Love shared the stage with the likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Thomas Mapfumo and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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