Mokoomba in Kazakhstan festival

BY FREEMAN MAKOPA

GLOBETROTTING and award-winning Afro-fusion band Mokoomba is scheduled to perform for the first time at The Spirit of Eurasia Festival that kicks off today in the city of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.

The band, which is regularly on tour abroad, will perform at the fiesta, the largest contemporary ethnic music gathering in Central Asia and is one of the main cultural events in Kazakhstan.

Marcus Gora, the group’s manager, told NewsDay Life & Style that they were excited to be spreading music and culture from Zimbabwe to different parts of the world.

“As a group coming from a small town, Victoria Falls, we are excited to be spreading music and culture from Zimbabwe to different parts of the world as well as learning from a lot
others. We are on tour for six months in total and right now, we are happy to be in Kazakhstan for the first time. We hope to continue as ambassadors of our wonderful country in our
own small way and so far, we have been doing well despite challenges we may face,” he said.

Gora said the band had also managed to do a collaboration with a Northern Irish band, Two Door Cinema Club, on a song titled Satisfaction, which he said guaranteed their bid to
spread wings in different countries.

“We did collaboration on a song titled Satisfaction Guaranteed with famous Indie band Two Door Cinema Club,” he said.

The song was produced by Jacknife Lee, one of the world’s top producers and multiple Grammy Award winner who has worked with U2, Taylor Swift, Robbie Williams, The Killers and Snow Patrol, among others.

Mokoomba is a leading exporter of Zimbabwe’s music culture steeped in the Tonga, Luvale and Nyanja rhythms and melodies.

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