Friday, 18 April 2014

Mokoomba captivates UK

Mokoomba captivates UK
LONDON - Mokoomba’s 12-date tour of the United Kingdom (UK) which began on March 30 at Gateshead and ended at The Brighton Dome on April 13, once again demonstrated why many music fans rate the six-piece Victoria Falls band highly.

The rising group’s tour was well covered in the UK media.

A lot had been written about this young band from Zimbabwe including numerous accolades of their exceptional presence and invigorating talent.

It was with great intrigue and anticipation that I entered the Lantern Room at Colston Hall in Bristol on Sunday, April 6.

Mokoomba which means the vibrant spirit that flows, in particular reference to the Victoria Falls region of Zimbabwe where the band grew up and met, summised the mood in the air. Particularly as some patrons had had the pleasure of witnessing them perform with such stalwarts in the music business as Jools Holland.

The stage lights went down and what I only can describe as magic began. A controlled performance by which any accomplished musician would be proud of yet none of the fun, verve or articulation went out or was drowned out by the expectant crowd.

Mokoomba had decided to perform acoustically on this specific tour. And after their performance, I would say it is an ingenious idea. This afforded the band a more ad hoc and improvised approach to their performance which also allowed crowd participation both in singing and dancing.

The eclectic balance to their music whether it be the sultry Spanish guitar or outrageous bass or bombastic drums and sizzling percussion, conjured up movement beyond scope and the appreciation was evident on everyone’s face.

Mathias Muzaza, supported effortlessly by the backing vocalists, was like a siren drawing fishermen to their demise. His vocals were so eloquent and dramatic.

The group was once described by some as a ‘tsunami of boundless energy’, I cannot give this performance any fault. It had the crowd crying out for more; endlessly making a huge uproar for encores.

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