Mooto - Mooto

Published Thursday 4th August 2005
Mooto - Mooto
Mooto - Mooto

STYLE: World
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 12893-2457
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by George Luke

Since the '90s, Uganda has been sending some of its best gospel talents our way. Mooto (Swahili for fire) are the latest group who cut their teeth on the Ugandan gospel scene before relocating to south London, following in the footsteps of Limit X and First Love before them. Their self-titled album is produced by another east African who's making his presence felt in the UK: Kenyan producer Hezekiah "Hez" Thuo. Hez's speciality can best be described as "Afro-R&B": a blend of African singing and urban instrumentation, which works beautifully on the title track, "Mpologoma", "Twey Agailira Mwoyo" and "Asante". Hez does straightforward urban sounds pretty well, too (he's worked with the likes of Big Brovaz on the secular scene) - but R&B with African accents just sounds disconcerting to these ears. Thankfully, there aren't too many letdowns on this album, but a lot of warmth and heart - which even a non-Swahili speaker can sense. If you need any further motivation to buy this CD, then maybe I should point out that proceeds from it are going to support an orphanage and other child-oriented ministries in the lads' homeland.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Katie in CA, USA @ 17:14 on Mar 19 2007

Where can I buy a CD? (Mooto) Been looking online but cant seem to find it....

Reply by tim in croydon uk @ 19:32 on Feb 13 2008

hi katie, i saw your request for where u can buy a mooto cd it hard sold out but now u can buy it from mooto inc.records direct from their contacts on the website and soon it will be on the digital shops like itunes and amazon soon. hope this helps. Good luck

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Reply by sally in london @ 15:37 on Dec 10 2007

Hi there, I have just come across your posting here. I see it was a long time ago but in case you didnt yet find the website for your CD - it is:-

Best regards.

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Posted by timothy in uk @ 17:45 on Jan 12 2006

thanks for the review on mooto, it just shows afro beats can crossover to the uk and work, your review on these ugandan artists is a motivation for the up-coming!! God bless you and as you said the album does not dissappoint at all.

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