Mokoomba - Luyando (Out Here Records)

Five years after the release of their debut effort, 'Rising Tide', Zimbabwean revelation Mokoomba finally return with 'Luyando' (Tonga for "motherly love"). This time Mokoomba opted for an acoustic approach, but that certainly doesn't mean the songs on 'Luyando' sound any less energetic than the ones on predecessor 'Rising Tide'. With several of the tracks on 'Luyande' Mokoomba seems to want to pay homage to honor to the traditions of Tonga and Lovale culture; traditions that are slowly but surely in danger of disappearing: 'Njawane' advises young hunters how to behave when faced with a lion, 'Kumukanda' is inspired by a Tonga initiation ritual, and in 'Mabemba' the band praises the values of the Tonga people. Most band members in Mokoomba grew up near Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya, and 'Mokole' (loosely translated "thundering smoke") is an ode to the world famous waterfall. The most emotionally charged song on 'Luyando' is 'Kambowa', in which Mokoomba tells of a traumatic event in the history of the Tonga people, who were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands back in 1955 to make way for the construction of the Kariba dam. A people's future and past embodied by a great band!


Added: Mar 13, 2017