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Mokoomba thrills Book Café

Widely travelled afro-fusion group Mokoomba delivered an electric performance in a fully packed Book Café on Thursday night.

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The group, which last week returned from a successful tour of Europe and North Africa, where they performed on 33 stages at various festivals, was holding its farewell gig before leaving for yet another tour of Kenya.

Their show was fashioned with well-choreographed dance moves and tantalising stage presence that left the audience awestruck.

They performed songs such as Mvula, Messe Messe, Yombe, Masangango and Njoka while Misozo, off their latest offering the Rising Tide, drove the crowd into a frenzy.

Fans danced and sang along to the spectacular tune. At one time the group jumped off stage, except for the drummers, to dance with the crowd.

Their ability to engage their audience throughout their performance worked magic in making an exceptional showcase.

Mokoomba’s manager, Marcus Gora, said they were honoured to be performing in front of a home crowd.

“We are really honoured to be performing in front of our home fans. This show is one of two shows we have before we go for another foreign tour,” he said.

Their other local show was in Victoria Falls at the UNWTO Tourism Night. Mokoomba will stage at the Rift Valley Festival in Lake Navaisha, Kenya before staging shows in other parts of that country.

They will then tour Korea before returning home for two more local shows at Alliance Francaise in Harare and an arts festival in Masvingo. From September 26 to 29 the group will perform at Kaloo Bang Festival in St Denis, Reunion Islands.

Since emerging on the music scene in 2001, Mokoomba, who sing mainly in Tonga, have greatly transformed from a mere traditional group into an internationally-acclaimed band.

The 2007 Music Crossroads winners, who hail from Victoria Falls, have performed extensively abroad, with sold-out shows in England, Spain, Holland, Luxemburg, Mozambique, Czech Republic and Belgium, among others

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