WOMAD Taranaki

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Country and Region New ZealandTaranaki
Type of Festival Dance, Music
Location of Festival New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
Festival Contact Information

TAFT - Taranaki Arts Festival Trust
P. O. Box 4251
New Plymouth
New Zealand
Phone: +64 6 7598 412
Email: office@womad.co.nz

Festival Description

WOMAD Taranaki presents close to 400 performers from 18 different countries. The event features musical styles from folk to hip hop, classical to reggae beats, gospel to ska and everything in between, plus dance and visual arts, workshops and a Global Village of international food and merchandise stalls.

Festival Dates March 14 - 16, 2014
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Artist feature 2014:
  • Mokoomba (Zimbabwe)
    • Formed in 2007, Mokoomba is made up of six Zimbabwean dudes, hailing from Victoria Falls. The locals are part of a minority group, which speaks Tonga, different to the nation’s main languages. Yet their music has brought together so many disparate nationalities, in the players and in the songs, that the 2012 LP, Rising Tide, is a very African album.
      Mokoomba create a distinct hybrid of modern and traditional sounds, embracing Latin rhythms along the way. Lead singer Mathias Muzaza was born to Angolan and Zambian parents and gathered together the songs and sounds of southern Africa through his travels. Guitarist Trustworth Samende helps flesh out the music with lines reminiscent of Oliver Mtukudzi. Abundance Matori is on bass, Donald Moyo is on keys, Ndaba Coster Moyo is on drums and Miti Mugande on percussion. All of the players sing backing vocals. It was in 2008 when the group was launched to fame on the back of a stellar performance at the Music Crossroads InterRegional Festival in Malawi. Mokoomba recorded a debut album Kweseka, and undertook a European tour in 2009, to strong notices, necessitating a return in the following year. The celebrated Manou Gallo (The Ivory Coast) produced the album Rising Tide, which made many Best Of 2012 lists. She also played keyboards and brought in more than a dozen guest musos. The challenge for the members of Mokoomba now is to maintain their energy and a true band sound, without being too influenced by outsiders.
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Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • WOMAD on water, photo by Dominika-Zielinska
    • WOMAD shot from backstage, photo by Dominika-Zielinska
    • WOMAD creditMichaelFlynn
    • Womad night time crowds, from Lava Media
    • Womad drummers, from Lava Media
  • TSB Bowl
    Brooklands and Brooklands Park
    New Plymouth, Taranaki
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