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.
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.