AFRO –FUSION outfit Mokoomba is proving to be unstoppable.
Report by Simbarashe Manhango Own Correspondent
After attracting immense international attention with their tours, the group’s second album Rising Tide has been voted into the Songlines Magazine Top10 best albums of the year 2012.
This honour comes shortly after the album topped the Itunes World Music Charts for United Kingdom.
Songlines is a British official World music magazine that covers music genres including traditional, popular, contemporary and fusion featuring artists from around the globe. The magazine attracts a full package of the latest CD reviews, artist interviews, guides to particular world music traditions, and concert listings.
Songline compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. In an interview with NewsDay, Mokoomba manager Marcus Gora said: “We are ecstatic about this development. It is a great achievement for Mokoomba and indeed a flying start for a young and talented band with so much potential to learn and grow into the most exciting band from Africa
“The honour is more an endorsement that our music is fresh and has the ability to transcend borders and cultures.”
Gora added that this honour is very important to their blossoming carrier and a shove that keeps them working hard.
“This is just one of the platforms that keeps us going and pushing us to continue with our quest to bring music to the people across the globe.
“We are now focusing on coming up with more projects that can even surpass the standards set by this particular project.
Mokoomba’s undisputed run in the music industry is further stamped by the fact that it is one of the groups that have managed to extensively tour Europe.
They are also the very first Zimbabwean performers in over a decade to have slot at Women’s Expo after Oliver Mtukudzi in 1998 and Chiwoniso Maraire in 1999. Their music is refreshing and brings together traditional rhythms fused with a lot of contemporary influences. Mokoomba is in the UK for a tour that ends next weekend with a show in Liverpool.