Come to the Nathan Manilow Theatre at Freedom Hall in Park Forest March 16, to see African band Mokoomba and stay at the nearby and affordable Best Western Inn & Suites Midway Hotel!
Hailing from Zimbabwe, Mokoomba are setting dance-floors ablaze with their unique mix of traditional Tonga and pan -African music cultures, with dashes of Rap, Ska, Soukous and Afro-Cuban music. Mokoomba has toured more than 40 countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. You won’t be able to stay in your seat!
Mokoomba is a six-piece band that plays a unique blend of Tonga and Luvale traditional rhythms fused with dashes of funk, ska and soukous. Hailing from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the band has toured around the world and has won a few awards as well as appearing on “Later with Jools Holland.”
“Luyando,” “mother’s love” in Tonga, is a language that is spoken by the first inhabitants of the Zambezi Valley of Southern Africa, taking us back into the past to a vanishing world of traditions that used to be at the heart of Tonga and Luvale society, their customs, rituals and even day to day life. There are the cautionary songs like, “Njawane,” which advises young hunters of how to act when faced with a dangerous lion. The haunting “Kumukanda” is inspired by a Tonga initiation ceremony and Mabemba speaks about the values of the Tonga people. But the album also offers some lighter, playful songs like “Nyaradzo” which is a song of cheeky courtship.
The Nathan Manilow Theatre is located at 410 Lakewood Boulevard in Park Forest. For tickets to see Mokoomba, go online to https://tickets.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1570 and follow the prompts.
Best Western Inn & Suites Midway Hotel, just minutes away from the Tri-State Tollway and the Nathan Manilow Theatre at Freedom Hall, features very affordable room rates, including special AAA and AARP discounts. Enjoy the free breakfast and fitness room. Free parking. Call the property direct at 708-371-5600.