Mookomba’s International Breakthrough
Mokoomba, an Afro-fusion music band that
hails from Victoria Falls, has made a great stride in conquering the
international market if information that the group’s documentary is
being shown at various arts institutions in Belgium and Spain is
anything to go by.
The documentary tells the story of six talented young musicians and
follows the group through their three-month tour of Europe late last
The Frank Francis and Dalmat Ducat production is part of a collection of
art works under Planet Documentaries on the theme of sustainable
Mokoomba won the Music Crossroads Inter-Regional Festival (IRF) award
in Lilongwe, Malawi in August 2008.
The name Mokoomba stems from the deep respect that the Tonga people
for the Zambezi River which they also refer to as Mosi oa Tunya, the
smoke that thunders.
This exciting Tonga group certainly has a unique sound that is set to take
the world music scene by storm.
After their maiden tour of Europe, as a prize for winning the
inter-regional festival, the group has been invited to various events
and festivals in many countries overseas.
Locally, they have made sure that they keep in touch with their fans
through regular performances at the Book Café on a number of Saturday
Music Crossroads Zimbabwe director Mathias Bangure said the group was
excited that the international exposure they had gained from their
success at Music Crossroads had opened up great opportunities.