Thursday, September 27, 2012

CD Review: Mokoomba's 'Rising Tide'

Rising Tide
Zig Zag World

Born in Zimbabwe and based in Belgium, Mokoomba mix Afro-fusion sounds of jazz, pop, and folk with drums, beatbox, percussion, keyboards, strings, wind instruments, and kora for a scintillating musical journey. The upbeat music is littered with rousing percussion and Latin-esque tunings reflecting a little Portuguese presence. Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latin influences are present, but Afro-pop is probably the most fitting description. "Masangango" reflects a Malian or Senegalese composition with ambulating percussion, backup vocals, and shimmering kora sounds. The funky "Mangongo" is a dance-friendly tune that is very refreshing. There are twelve tracks in all and none of them are the same. Fans of Afro-fusion, Afro-pop, and African music in general will love Rising Tide. ~ Matthew Forss

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