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Mokoomba to rock youth festival

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CELEBRATED Afro-fusion group Mokoomba is set to headline this year’s fifth edition of the Youth Cultural Arts Festival (Yocaf) in Masvingo for the first time.

BY IDAH MHETU

Yocaf artistic director Leeroy Gono confirmed that Mokoomba will headline this year’s festival, which is running under the theme “I will act now”, scheduled for July 30 to August 1.

“There is no doubt to the level and quality of performances that Mokoomba will bring to Yocaf. As a festival we are excited that they will be the opening act,” Gono said.

The Victoria Falls-based band, which rose to national prominence when it won the 2008 Music Crossroads Inter-Regional Festival in Lilongwe before going international, the band has promised to deliver spell-binding performances at the festival.

They indicated they would also use the opportunity to show some aspiring young artistes the ropes.

“We are looking forward to performing at Yocaf, which is an important festival designed to promote creative excellence among the youth not only in Masvingo as a province,” band manager Marcus Gora said.

“It will be our first time to perform at the festival and we hope to do more than just to perform, but also inspire young artists through workshops.”

As a tradition of spreading its wings not only in Zimbabwe, the group will this weekend perform in South Africa’s Cape Town Nu-World Festival.

“This weekend, we are playing at the Cape Town Nu-World Festival alongside African music legend Kanda Bongo Man and other great artistes like Simpiwe Dana, Tcheka to mention a few,” he said.

The youth festival has forged partnerships and over the years has seen some of the schools performing at other festivals such As Intwasa and cultural exchange programs with other countries in the region. After launching the Walter Muparutsa award last year, the award remains the biggest accolade that is still up for grabs this year.

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