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.

Live African Marimba Music at Nottinghill Carnival

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the Nottinghill Carnival - Europe's largest street party - and what an honour it was to be part of the celebrations, performing with Flame Lily Arts on the World Music Stage, hosted and sponsored by the legendary Levi Roots.

The acts on stage were mostly Caribbean, so it was extra special getting to represent southern Africa at such a huge gathering. We performed several southern African classics, through acapella singing in Mbube style, as well as with instrumental accompaniment on Zimbabwean marimbas and djembes. 

Below are a few pics from the day.

 Flame Lily Arts in full swing, performing popular Zimbabwean song Ndiani Waronga

Flame Lily Arts in full swing, performing popular Zimbabwean song Ndiani Waronga

 Backstage with Beatrice & Nqobile

Backstage with Beatrice & Nqobile

 Some of the friends that came out to support us. 

Some of the friends that came out to support us. 

We hope to be back at the carnival again next year!

About Flame Lily Arts

FLAME LILY ARTS is a UK-based African performing arts company. The group specialises in Ndebele and Zulu dances, accompanied by harmonious Mbube style singing, with drumming and marimba accompaniment. The group's members come primarily from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana, and are proud cultural ambassadors of southern Africa. 

For more information visit: www.flamelilyarts.com

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