Mokoomba, is a six-musician group from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The group sings in a number of languages including English, Luvale, Tonga, Nyanja, Ndebele, and Shona. Mokoomba takes its name from a Tonga word that connotates deep respect for the Zambezi River and the vibrant life along its banks. Mokoomba combines traditional and modern instruments and a variety of international pop and Pan-African styles – including Soukous, Funk and Reggae – to bring together different cultures from southern, east and central Africa. Mokoomba has released three albums so far, and has toured widely, winning critical praise at home and abroad. The Guardian’s Robin Denslow called Mokoomba “the best young band in Zimbabwe”, while Afropop Worldwide‘s Banning Eyre described them as “quite simply the most impressive band Zimbabwe has produced in recent memory”. Jon Pareles of the New York Times called lead singer Mathias Muzaza’s vocal range “riveting” and “griot-strength”. Isaac Chirwa praised Mokoomba as “Zimbabwe’s best band” in Zimbabwe’s Daily News Live. Once again, you can always expect the unexpected from the eclectic musical mix of the Under the Beams concert series!