AFTER a successful four-month tour to the US, afro-coustics musical group, Bongo Love, have set their sights on a second album expected in the country mid-December.
The nine-track album Rwendo Rwedu (our journey) features
hit songs such as Africa, Kuonana and a remix of the hit song Ndasara ndega which became an instant hit with audiences in Zimbabwe and the US. However, in the new album, Ndasara Ndega has been done in Afrocoustics with no guitars to provide an exotic musical taste that makes the remix far much cosier than the original beat.
“The new album was recorded and mixed in Seattle during the group’s tour in the US. The album will be mastered in Colorado and is expected in the Zimbabwean market in time for the Christmas holiday,” says band leader, John Mambira.
Bongo Love was formed in Bulawayo by John Mambira, who still heads up the band and Nhlanhla Ngwenya who has now moved to the UK to work on a drumming project. With John playing drums and providing lead vocals, Themba Mawoko was recruited for the lead marimba, Trymore Jombo for mbira and Mpho Mambira for the baritone marimba.
“Afro-coustics” is a unique combination of styles delivered on traditional Zimbabwean instruments with lyrics in English, Shona and Ndebele.
Since moving to Harare from Bulawayo in 2005, the quad has gone from playing mostly private functions to performing in some very popular clubs in Zimbabwe’s capital, putting on a stellar show every time and winning over countless audiences.
Last year they were invited to participate in several Music Crossroads competitions in Zimbabwe and Mozambique where they wowed the judges and received invites to perform in Sweden as well as the Dominican Republic. On their way to Santa Domingo for the African Caribbean Pacific festival, they stopped off in Boston to play a charity show for victims of Hurricane Katrina and took part in a “Plugged In” cultural exchange programme. — Own Correspondent/ Staff Writer.