Muchanza Akapelwa otherwise known as Dr Mooch was born in Lusaka, Zambia on July 8th, 1967. This DNA stems from a mom who sang, and a dad who wrote, yet both parents were Teachers and Civil Servants. It is from this backdrop that Dr Mooch has been performing on and off while pursuing other endeavors. From the early days in the 80’s singing alto in Kafue Boys Choir, doing drama, being an amateur chess champion, then going on to be one of Zambia’s top Break dancers with his crew “The Breakfreeze”.
Photo & text courtesy of Dr. Mooch.
Since Bob Marley and the Wailers, perfomed at Zimbabwe’s independence day in 1980, Zambia as a nation was watching and celebrating too. Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, Musical Youth, Yellowman, Mutabaruka, Steel Pulse, Alpha Blondy, and Burning Spear to mention a few, all spear headed Dr Mooch’s musical influence and outlook. Growing up in Zambia, naturally brings that African touch of Rhumba, Kalindula, and other cultural influences. The genesis really stemmed from the outskirts of Lusaka West where the artist lived in a community filled with many of Zambia’s top performing Artists. The likes of Anna Mwale, Ian Nyerenda, Ricky Illilonga, Paul Ngozi, Amayenge, Patrick Chisembele but to mention a few, all played a role in Dr Mooch’s musical growth.
Through the 90’s, Dr Mooch kept busy in the underground staging one man shows, local gigs, organizing and performing in Peace Galas calling for world peace and international understanding. Upon following his bliss to Alaska, Dr Mooch took a break from music to concentrate on studies, writing and exploring. Now, this prolific artist is back with his sophomore album, “Eazzy duzzit”. Scaba, Roots and Culture, present : Zambia’s Reggae Ambassador-”Dr Mooch”. Respect and Most high bless; ZIKOMO.