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Bongo Love deliver brilliant album launch

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Four-member Afrocoustic band Bongo Love gave a good account of themselves on Thursday night at Horizon when they launched their third album, Future Voices.

Bongo Love got onto the stage just after 9pm to a rousing welcome from their fans.

Before the globe-trotting group performed, the audience was treated to some poetry by Bulawayo-based poets who recited their lines and earned rounds of applause for their efforts.

Excitement mounted when Bongo Love took to the stage and did their sound check.

They soon launched into their unique blend of music that is composed of guitar and traditional African instruments like mbira, marimba, djembe and conga.

Their music was well received as most people in the audience danced the night away while cameras kept flashing to capture images of a group that has become the country’s cultural ambassadors, often staging performances in the United States and Europe.

Tracks such as Ses’khathele and Voice of the Voiceless were well received.

After realising that the audience still wanted more of their performance, having announced that they were done for the night, they performed one more song much to the joy of their fans who responded with rapturous applause.

Energetic and often engaging the audience through asking them to join in by clapping hands to the accompaniment of traditional rhythms, Bongo Love impress.

The show was organised by Alliance Française de Bulawayo as part of their cultural exchange programme.

John Mambira, the group’s founder member, told NewsDay after the show that they were already working on their next album.

“Our fans can expect more from us. We want to stage more performances here at home, especially during the festive season,” said Mambira.

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