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The Travellers trace Mokoomba footsteps

By Sandra Maricho

GWERU-based Afro-fusion outfit, The Travellers, is inspired by Victoria Falls-based Mokoomba, which has put the Zimbabwean flag on the global arena through their music.

Since its formation four years ago, The Travellers has performed at various stages among them the Harare International Festival of the Arts, Chibuku Road to Fame, Megafest awards ceremony and Loveworld Festival of Music and Arts.

A member of the group, Takudzwa Mapaso, said they were expecting to release an eight-track album titled Mviro Mviro, disclosing that they had already received a recording contract
from Delta Beverages.

“We are happy to inform our fans that we are going to launch our album on October 26 in Gweru. At the moment we are just polishing up the final songs and it will be ready soon,”
Mapaso said.

“We thank our brothers at Delta who gave us a recording deal after we were selected the winners of the Chibuku Road to Fame national finals in 2017.”

Mapaso said the Afro-fusion genre is doing fairly well as witnessed by the support they are getting from fans wherever they perform.

The Travellers band comprises of six young men, all from Gweru. Takudzwa Mapaso is the guitarist, while his brother Tafadzwa plays the saxophone, Abel Munongi (keyboard), Nicholas
Dlodlo (percussion), Liberty Chinouri (bass guitar) and Osborne “Ozzybeats” Macheni (drums).

They have shared the stage with top Zimbabwean musicians, including Jah Prayzah, Ammara Brown as well as the late Oliver Mtukudzi. They have also performed alongside South African hip-
hop star Casper Nyovest.

Mapaso said they have high hopes of becoming international stars and would like to be globally recognised.

Their collaboration with Mr Pike from Jamaica is enough proof of stars in the making.

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