Otto Gumaelius

Marimba & Mbira 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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Focus Africa Take Over at Pop Brixton

On Saturday my band and I were invited to perform at Focus Africa’s Pop Brixton take over - a lovely day of African live music, workshops and DJs. I was invited to teach an mbira workshop, which ended up including a bit of a marimba and singing workshop too. My band, Otto & The Mutapa Calling, gave a performance as well.

Here are a few pictures and videos from the mbira workshop I gave on the day.

The workshop group playing the Zimbabwean kalimba (mbira nyunga nyunga) and singing along to a traditional Shona song from Zimbabwe called Chemutengure.

Kalimba (Zimbabwean Mbira Nyunga Nyunga) Workshop

Kalimba (Zimbabwean Mbira Nyunga Nyunga) Workshop

Kalimba (Zimbabwean Mbira Nyunga Nyunga) Workshop

Kalimba (Zimbabwean Mbira Nyunga Nyunga) Workshop

Kalimba (Zimbabwean Mbira Nyunga Nyunga) Workshop

Kalimba (Zimbabwean Mbira Nyunga Nyunga) Workshop

Exiled Writers Ink

Last night I was invited to play a few songs on the mbira at this month’s edition of Exiled Writers Ink hosted at the Poetry Cafe in Covent Garden. It was a lovely evening of African poetry with contributors from Ethiopia, Congo and Zimbabwe to name but a few. I played one of my songs, Dineo, as well as two Shona folk songs from Zimbabwe - Zvichapera and Amai naBaba.

Otto Gumaelius Playing The Mbira At Exiled Writers Ink in Covent Garden London
Otto Gumaelius Playing The Mbira At Exiled Writers Ink

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