HARARE – Trailblazing Mokoomba warmed up for next week’s Songlines Music Awards 2013 Winners’ Concert where they will be given the Newcomer’s Award with a spellbinding concert at the Book Café on Friday.
The Victoria Falls Band will be honoured in London on December 13 for their album Rising Tide along with best artiste winner Angelique Kidjo,best group winner Lo’Jo and cross-cultural collaboration victor Dub Colossus.
During the December 13 awards ceremony, Mokoomba and the three other winners will all perform on the celebrated Barbican Stage which is regarded as Europe’s largest multi-arts and conference venue
At the Book Café last Friday Mokoomba demonstrated why their album Rising Tide was singled out for the Songlines Newcomer Award from a shortlist of 600 albums from all over the world.
The intimate Book Café venue struggled to contain the excited sold-out crowd that danced all night long to the captivating Tonga rhythms by the Victoria Falls band.
The crowd particularly was bowled over by the Tonga song Ndundule which means blue sky when loosely translated into English.
The song resonated with the crowd which could barely sit down throughout the performance.
Despite the fact that the bulk of the crowd was made up of foreigners who did not understand the language the band sang in, people still appreciated Mokoomba’s exceptional stagecraft.
Abundance Mutori, the band’s spokesperson and bassist, told the Daily News that his group is delighted with the recognition it is getting.
“We are very grateful as Mokoomba because of the support we are getting,” said Mutori.
“It is great to be able to entertain our fans. There is nothing as exciting as seeing the audience you are performing for enjoying the show.”
Mutori added that the group learnt a lot on their recent three-month world tour where they staged 33 performances in over 14 countries that included Germany, Ireland, Morocco, and the United Kingdom.
“We have grown as a group after the tours and we are incorporating stuff we learnt during our tours in our performances and we are delighted to have been awarded the Songlines Newcomer Award that we will receive in London next week” he said.
The Songlines Awards in the United Kingdom were launched by Songlines Magazine in 2009 to replace the defunct BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music.