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.

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Otto & The Mutapa Calling

Otto & The Mutapa Calling is a lively London based marimba band playing energetic, joyful music from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, including folk songs, original songs and popular southern African covers. The band's setup includes soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas, mbira, hosho, drumming and singing in various southern African languages, with both traditional and contemporary dances. The marimba band’s sound is full of energy and pulsating rhythms - and their music shares the rich cultures, histories and stories of the people of southern Africa through rhythm, song and dance.

The band was officially formed in 2017 by band leader, Otto Gumaelius, who started playing African music on the marimba in the late 1990s in Botswana, and the band is comprised of musicians from Botswana, Zimbabwe and the UK. Otto & The Mutapa Calling gives a unique and engaging musical experience to listeners and is the only active professional marimba band of its kind in all of Europe.

Have a browse below for videos and links, and visit the events page on this website for a listing of the band’s upcoming shows.


Our Sound

Leytonstone Street Festival

Taste of Southern Africa Arts Festival

One Love Festival of Reggae & Ska

Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival


Mvura Ichanaya

 
 

The band’s debut album, Mvura Ichanaya, released in the summer of 2018 under band leader Otto Gumaelius’s name, is a collection of original arrangements of folk songs from southern Africa, alongside some of Otto’s own songs. The album can be purchased from the store on this website, and is also available for download from all major online stores, including iTunes, Google Playstore and Amazon.


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Testimonials

Otto and his team played a wonderful show for us at the architectural association for the annual summer party! He’s great with communication and always willing to help in any way he can. It’s great working with someone who takes his profession seriously and I would highly recommend him
— LEO HASSERIIS, ARCHITECTURE ASSOCIATION SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

YOU REALLY ADDED SUCH A GREAT CELEBRATORY ATMOSPHERE TO OUR WEDDING AND THE GUESTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! FANTASTIC MUSIC! YOU ARE ALL SO TALENTED! THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE OUR DAY SO SPECIAL!
— Emma Tang

WE SAW YOU PLAY AT THE SOUTHBANK THE OTHER DAY - YOU WERE ALL AMAZING! MY BOYFRIEND AND I LOVED YOU, SUCH GREAT FUN AND ABSOLUTELY THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR DAY!
— Katherine Ridley

Brilliant performance! These artists are creating something unique that deserves a wider audience.
— Clifford Coker

YOU GUYS WERE AMAZING! THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR DAY SO MEMORABLE!
— Ngaa Zivuku

A southern African acoustic band, led by Otto Gumaelius, marimba performing artist and teacher, provided an intriguing performance that fascinated everyone
— AFRICAN CUISINE MAGAZINE

With high energy and an authentic sound, they never disappoint and always have the audience on their feet
— HEIDI SINCUBA, CURATOR OF MAKEBA / HEIDI SINCUBA PRESENTS

We were entertained by Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata and the backing marimba and drums were absolutely brilliant
— NEHANDA RADIO

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