When in 2001 four extremely talented young men decided to follow their hearts and enter into the music world, no one would give them a chance. Determined despite the lack of support, the four spent their days collaborating to come up with a distinct sound that would add a tasty new flavor to the world of music. They have beautifully fused styles from all over the world with the music they grew up with, pouring their souls into every note and touching the hearts of people from every generation.
Bongo Love was formed in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe by John Mambira, who still heads up the band and Nhlanhla Ngwenya who has now moved to the UK to work on a drumming project. With John playing drums and providing lead vocals, Themba Mawoko was recruited for the lead marimba, Trymore Jombo for mbira and Mpho Mambira for the baritone marimba. "Afro-coustics", as they call their genre, is a unique combination of styles delivered on these traditional instruments with lyrics in English, Shona and Ndebele. Since moving to Harare from Bulawayo in 2005, the fabulous quad has gone from playing mostly private functions to performing in some very popular clubs in Zimbabwe's capital, putting on a stellar show every time and winning over countless audiences.
Climbing fast in popularity, they were invited to teach and perform in Mozambique, Sweden and the Dominican Republic, leading to their first major tour of the United States in 2007. During the tour they taught and performed in Seattle, Santa Fe, Boulder, Boston and New York, joining indy band 'Dispatch' for three sold out shows at Madison Square Garden to top it all off. They are currently gearing up for their summer 2008 tour!