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Here’s our Inside/Out with Mokoomba, who, as kids couldn’t wait for the school bell to ring so they could get out of class and go play music!
Read a 2009 Kubatana interview with Mokoomba
*Note: we answered these questions generally as a band
Describe yourselves in five words?
Fun, energetic, flexible, humble, persevering.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Never stop working hard.
What’s the most ridiculous thing you’ve ever done?
On our first trip to Europe, we got “lost” by accident in the red-light district in Amsterdam and we were a bit surprised by what we saw in the windows! We were on our way to a concert and we arrived a bit late understandably . . .
What is your most treasured possession?
Our music instruments.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The sorrow of losing loved ones.
Do you have any strange hobbies?
Not really, coming from Victoria Falls we are used to seeing people jump off the bridge with ropes attached to their ankles. Nothing is strange after that!
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Nothing at all, we are very confident young men.
What is your greatest extravagance?
What have you got in your fridge?
ZLG water, fish from Norton, Lyons Maid ice cream, vegetables from Mbare musika and some really smelly cheese.
What is your greatest fear?
It has to be death and snakes.
What have you got in your pockets right now?
Phone, keys, wallet and some “sweets for change” from our favorite supermarket.
What is your favourite journey?
Our favourite journey is coming back home to meet our friends and families after a long tour.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Our parents and families are our everyday heroes but we also admire musicians from Africa who have made it, like Youssour Ndour, Salif Keita, Baba Maal, Oliver Mtukudzi.
When and where were you happiest?
On stage, doing what we love.
What’s your biggest vice?
What were you like at school?
We were generally good students at school and some of us had OK academic grades but to be honest we always could not wait for the bell to get out the door and go to play music.
What are you doing next?
We are preparing for 4 different concerts which we will do in December in Harare, London and Victoria Falls.
I’m thinking of doing this to a copy of the the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper (and seeing what’s left).
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