Otto Gumaelius

Marimba Music From Southern Africa

Otto Gumaelius is a London based, Botswana raised, performing artist & teacher of southern African folk music on the marimba.

 Weekly African Marimba Group Classes

Marimba Group Class

I run a weekly group class every Wednesday evening at Saint Peter's North Community Centre in Bethnal Green, London, from 18:00 till 19:30.

Advance booking required. All ages and musical abilities welcome! 

Classes cost £5 for children and £10 for adults.



I teach as I was taught - by ear, the traditional African way - enabling learners to more freely engage their senses, and be present in the music as a whole. The group classes accommodate up to 10 people, using soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas. The class is one hour long, and requires absolutely no previous experience or knowledge of playing the marimba or of African music.


WHAT Will You LEarn?

The repertoire I teach includes music and rhythms from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana primarily, with material from other parts of Africa too. This includes original compositions, folk songs and contemporary covers. 

To add depth and dimension to the music, I can also include a bit of traditional call-and-response singing, with the option of also learning how to play hosho patterns using traditional Zimbabwean shakers, clapping patterns, drumming and dance movements where relevant and/or desired.



Use the form below to sign up for a marimba class.  


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Saint Peter's North Community Centre
1 Marian Place
E2 9AX


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