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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Otto & The Mutapa Calling Summer 2019 Tour Dates

If you’re wondering where you can catch my band, Otto & The Mutapa Calling, in action this summer, here is a list of festivals and events we’ll be featuring at! I’ve been invited to teach marimba and mbira workshops at some of them. Have a browse below and hopefully we’ll meet at some point in the summer for a dance and singalong!

Summer 2019 Tour Dates

May 6th 2019 - Magic Garden Pub - London

May 17th 2019 - Luna Home of Live Music - London

May 27th 2019 - Africa at Spitalfields - London

June 8th 2019 - African Somerset Feastival - Stoke-St-Gregory

July 5th 2019 - Llangollen Int. Musical Eisteddfod - Llangollen

July 6th 2019 - Timber Festival - Feanedock

July 13th & 14th 2019 - Tropical Pressure - Mount Pleasant Ecological Park (Marimba + Mbira Workshop with Otto)

July 19th 2019 - Luna Home of Live Music - London

July 20th 2019 - Kallida Festival - Sparkford

July 28th 2019 - WOMAD Festival - Malmesbury (Mbira Workshop with Otto)

Aug 3rd 2019 - Wilderness Festival - Charlbury (Mbira Workshop with Otto)

Aug 15th 2019 - Late Bloom Festival - London

Otto And The Mutapa Calling Marimba Band London UK

Jeyanthan & Thanuka's Wedding

It’s not everyday you get a call from someone who went to primary school with your brother in Botswana over 20 years ago asking you if your band is available to perform at his wedding!

It was such an honour to be part of Jeyanthan and Thanuka’s wedding celebration! We wish them every happiness in their life together!

Jeyanthan And Thanuka Wedding

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

Otto & The Mutapa Calling at Global Beats Club

Last night my band Otto & The Mutapa Calling had the immense pleasure of performing at our first ever Global Beats Club hosted at Hootananny in Brixton. We were co support with Bamako Overground, with Afrikan Boy headlining the night.

Here are a few pictures from our night at Hootananny.

Otto And The Mutapa Calling with Bamako Underground at Global Beats Club Hootananny Supportung Afrikan Boy
Soundcheck done! Costumes on! Showtime!

Soundcheck done! Costumes on! Showtime!

Otto And The Mutapa Calling with Bamako Underground at Global Beats Club Hootananny Supportung Afrikan Boy

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

Music For Liberia Charity Fundraiser Concert

Since 2008, Music for Liberia has raised money for education in Liberia through concerts and events featuring world renowned classical, African and jazz musicians. Through donations, the charity and its partners have been able to fund crucial work in Liberia, including building libraries, supporting rural schools and providing accommodation for Ebola orphans.

This year’s Music For Liberia Charity Fundraiser concert was held on November 10th at St Gabriel’s Church in Pimlico. Here are a few pictures from our performance.

Otto And The Mutapa Calling African Marimba Band - Music For Liberia Charity Concert - St Gabriels Church Pimlico London
Otto And The Mutapa Calling African Marimba Band - Music For Liberia Charity Concert - St Gabriels Church Pimlico London
Otto And The Mutapa Calling African Marimba Band - Music For Liberia Charity Concert - St Gabriels Church Pimlico London
Otto And The Mutapa Calling African Marimba Band - Music For Liberia Charity Concert - St Gabriels Church Pimlico London
Otto & The Mutapa Calling African Marimba Band At Music For Liberia in Pimlico London

South Africa Heritage Day Family Picnic

Otto & The Mutapa Calling had the pleasure of entertaining the crowds at the South Africa Heritage Day family picnic this past weekend in Wimbledon Park. It was lovely seeing the diverse community of cultures come together in their beautiful traditional outfits to celebrate their heritage! Here are a few pictures from the day.

Otto & The Mutapa Calling at South Africa Heritage Day Picnic in Wimbledon Park London
Otto & The Mutapa Calling at South Africa Heritage Day Picnic in Wimbledon Park London
Otto & The Mutapa Calling at South Africa Heritage Day Picnic in Wimbledon Park London
Otto & The Mutapa Calling at South Africa Heritage Day Picnic in Wimbledon Park London
Otto & The Mutapa Calling at South Africa Heritage Day Picnic in Wimbledon Park London
Otto & The Mutapa Calling at South Africa Heritage Day Picnic in Wimbledon Park London

Leytonstone Street Festival

My band and I had a lovely time performing at Leytonestone Street Festival yesterday! There was a ton of great food, talented music bands and all round good vibes! It was a pleasure to be part of the action, and to perform at one of our favourite live music venues, Luna - The Home of Live Music. Here's a little clip of my song Dineo.

One Love Festival of Reggae & Ska

At the forefront of the UK Reggae and World music scene for over 11 years is One Love Festival of Reggae and Ska in the beautiful countryside of Somerset. Also known as the people’s festival of undividing peace and unconquering love, the festival creates a world where hope and love unites everyone into a combined and unbreakable positive force – where everyone is welcome and no-one’s judged – an atmosphere of acceptance where there are no borders - creating one people and one world.

This year, the festival introduced the Kaya World Music Stage – an outdoor stage introducing a line up of exciting music from around the world. My band, Otto & The Mutapa Calling, had the great honour of performing on the Kaya World Music Stage.

Here is a little clip of one of the songs we played.

ZimFest Paris

I've just come back from a lovely long weekend in Paris where I got the opportunity to teach and perform. The occasion was ZimFest - and the weekend was all about cultural music from Zimbabwe, even though I of course snuck in some material from Botswana :) On offer were mbira and marimba workshops, which included elements of singing and dancing. On the Saturday the teachers and other collaborators came together to give a concert, followed by a second smaller concert on Sunday afternoon where the students got to showcase what they learnt.

It was a lovely weekend at Théâtre de Verre with a beautiful mix of cultures and people from all walks of life coming together through music.

Photo Credit: Fredrik Andersson

Photo Credit: Fredrik Andersson

Art Night London

Art Night is an annual free contemporary arts festival that puts art into extraordinary locations around London for one night a year.

The main festival is curated by the Hayward Gallery and Art Night Open features curated events from artists, curators and local institutions.

My band, Otto & The Mutapa Calling, had the pleasure of being part of this year's Art Night, which took place across several venues across south London this year. We were part of two live performance processions, curated by Marinella Senatore. The first took place at Battersea Power Station, and the second was at New Union Square in Nine Elms.

Otto & The Mutapa Calling performing at Art Night London 2018. Credits: Marinella Senatore, 'The London Procession' (2018). Curated by Hayward Gallery for Art Night 2018. Video by Joshua Simpson. Courtesy the artist and Art Night

Here are a few pictures from the lovely night shot by Robert Piwko.

Art Night London - Marinella Senatore
Art Night London - Marinella Senatore
Art Night London - Marinella Senatore

From The Forest Theatre & Arts Festival

From the Forest is London’s newest theatre and arts festival, which took place in Waltham Forest from 21st June to 1st July. Starting out as a four day festival in a single venue in the Winter of 2016, the festival expanded to over 60 shows this year, spread across multiple venues over two weeks. Championing the creation of new performances in great venues, the festival aims to provide an affordable platform for artists to showcase their material. Anyone and everyone is welcome to apply to be a part of the festival.

Here are a few pictures and videos from our show.

From The Forest Festival - Otto Gumaelius & The Taste of Southern Africa
From The Forest Festival - Otto Gumaelius & The Taste of Southern Africa
From The Forest Festival - Otto Gumaelius & The Taste of Southern Africa
From The Forest Festival - Otto Gumaelius & The Taste of Southern Africa

The song we're playing in the clip above is a Tswana folk song called Mangwane Mpulele. It's sung in Botswana, South Africa and Lesotho.

Mangwane Mpulele Lyrics

Mangwane mpulele, ke nelwa ke pula
Le ga dile pedi, le ga dile tharo, nka nyala mosadi

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