Today on Ecléctico you're listening to Mokoomba, a band from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe that fuses modern sounds with traditional Tonga rhythms. You'll go deeper with an excerpt from an article by Alex Brown on Roots World.
"Mokole" by Mokoomba
2017 | Afro-fusion band from Zimbabwe
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After spreading their sound to the world on Rising Tide, Mokoomba return with Luyando, an album which alters their approach slightly but ends up revealing a group that continues to grow more dynamic with each release. For this record the band wanted to place more emphasis on Victoria Falls, the area of Zimbabwe they call home. They refer to the falls as “smoke that thunders” in their language. Luyando translates to “mother's love” in Tonga and this effort proudly displays their Tonga and Luvale heritage.
“Mokole” kicks things off with the infectious sound Mokoomba are known for except this time the guitars are acoustic instead of electric. The song immediately draws the listener in with punctuated, popping guitar phrases, group harmony and lead singer Mathias' gripping, textured voice. Mokole is an Ndebele word for water, which is a driving influence throughout this record.
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