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.

Duduetsa entertains at South Africa Freedom Day celebrations

The 27th of April, 1994, was the day the first democratic election was held in South Africa. Ever since, it's been a day of celebration, as South Africans mark the liberation of their country and its people from a long period of colonialism and apartheid. 

Duduetsa was really pleased to have been invited to perform at Acklam Village Market to commemorate Freedom Day with the South African community in London.

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We gave the audience two sets of music. The first was a more traditional, drumming set, with singing and dancing, and included songs like Shosholoza and liberation struggle song, Oliver Tambo Theta NoBotha.

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We then brought in the marimbas for our second set, which really got the crowd going. We covered Miriam Makeba, Brenda Fassie, Mahotella Queens and Beatenberg to name a few. The tunes went down a huge treat!

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Here are some videos from the night.

South African Liberation song Oliver Tambo Tetha noBotha

Our marimba cover of Brenda Fassie's Weekend Special

Xhosa wedding song, Qongqothwane, made famous by Miriam Makeba and commonly known as Click Song

If you wish to read more on South Africa Freedom Day and what it's all about, you can find some more information here.

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