Paleo Festival Nyon

MOKOOMBA, photography by SOFAM Milena Strange HR
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Country and Region SwitzerlandVaud
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Nyon, Vaud, Swizerland
Festival Contact Information

Paléo Festival Nyon
Rte de St-Cergue 312
CP 1320
CH - 1260 NYON 1
Phone: + 41 (0)22 365 10 10
Fax: +41 (0)22 365 10 20
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Festival Description

Since 1976, the Paleo Festival has set out to create a marriage of concert and carnival by creating a kaleidoscopic event that stimulates public curiosity, both for new artists and less well-known musical styles. The Paleo is both a launching pad for new talents and a platform for established stars. Over the years it has widened its range of musical styles and come to include circus and street performance as well. Six specially constructed stages play host to acts from all over the world.

The Paleo is also an extraordinary global village for the people who go there. For this reason, particular attention is given each year to reception, décor and the choice of food and arts and crafts stalls. Paleo’s particularity is also due to the fact that the Festival is organized and run by over 3,500 volunteers whose presence on site contributes massively to the event’s character. Everyone who works at the Festival shares as a guiding principle the notion that everything must be done in respect for the artists, the spectators and the Festival staff present. Paleo's mission includes an ecological approach to ensure that the festival is run according to ecological guidelines that make it one of the leading festivals practicing greening initiatives.

Festival Dates July 23 - 28, 2013
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Artist feature 2013:
  • 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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