Magazine article New Internationalist

Luyando

Magazine article New Internationalist

Luyando

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Luyando

by Mokoomba (Outhere Records, OH 030, CD, LP and digital)

There is plenty to celebrate in Luyando, the second album from Zimbabwe's six-piece Mokoomba - and much of it comes down to resilient songs of community and strength, rendered in Tonga, Shona, Luvale and Ndebele.

This proliferation of languages is a key to Luyando - the Tonga word for 'mother's love'. It's an album that looks to all the African countries fed by the Zambezi River on which the band's hometown, Victoria Falls, sits so spectacularly. No coincidence, then, that the lovely, tripping song 'Mokole' is a hymn to all things aqueous: it means water in Ndebele.

The band have shed the afro-jazziness that characterized their first album, to go for a lightly styled approach favouring strong vocals. …

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