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.

Mbira Workshop At WOMAD
10:45 AM10:45

Mbira Workshop At WOMAD

I’m pleased to announce I will be teaching an mbira workshop at WOMAD this year through my company Taste of Southern Africa.

The African mbira is a beautiful instrument with a sound that has traditionally been used in the southern parts of Africa as a spiritual pathway for guidance and healing.

I teach using the slightly more contemporary fifteen key F-major mbira called Nyunga Nyunga (or Kalimba) from Zimbabwe, and my workshops cover folk music from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe. I typically include a bit of singing and the mbira classes are a lovely way to relax through music.

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African Somerset Feastival
to Jun 9

African Somerset Feastival

  • North Drove Stoke St Gregory, England, TA3 6EQ United Kingdom (map)
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African Somerset Feastival

My band, Otto & The Mutapa Calling, has the honour of entertaining at this year’s African Somerset Feastival!

The African Somerset Feastival is a fusion of Afro-Somerset culture which is represented by good food, drink and music enjoyed around the open fire.


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Pop Up Africa Presents Africa at Spitalfields
1:00 PM13:00

Pop Up Africa Presents Africa at Spitalfields

  • 27-33 Brushfield St England, E1 6AN United Kingdom (map)
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Otto & The Mutapa Calling at Africa at Spitalfields

My marimba band, Otto & The Mutapa Calling, is pleased to be performing at this year’s Africa at Spitalfields - London’s biggest Africa-inspired retail experience hosted by Pop Up Africa at Spitalfields Market in London on Monday 27th May.

Our set is at 1pm on Monday and we hope to see as many of you as possible!

About the event

Kicking off summer, Pop Up Africa returns to Spitalfields this coming bank holiday, Monday 27th May, 2019, to host Africa at Spitalfields, London’s biggest Africa inspired retail experience.

Africa at Spitalfields offers city dwellers the chance to experience (and purchase a bit of) Africa via stalls of produce and cuisine from all corners of the continent, including everything from art, literature, clothing, handcrafted dolls, instruments and interior décor.

Pop Up Africa will transform Spitalfields E1 into a bustling African market bringing the products to life through the experience which will include different genres of African dancing, live music, storytelling and much more, aimed at showcasing the best that Africa and it’s diaspora has to offer.

Otto And The Mutapa Calling Performing at Africa at Spitalfields Market London - Pop Up Africa
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Global Beats Club - Otto & The Mutapa Calling
to Apr 13

Global Beats Club - Otto & The Mutapa Calling

Global Beats Club at Jujus Bar And Stage - Otto And The Mutapa Calling

Global Beats Club is back at Juju's Bar & Stage showcasing the best beats with a global twist, ranging from Tropical Bass to Afro Disco via Cumbia, Reggae, Dancehall & loads more!

In addition to our resident DJs Count Bassy & Fizzy Gillespie we will be welcoming rare groove selectors Village Cuts and hosting a full live performance by the incredible southern African Marimba band Otto & The Mutapa Calling. Good vibes and great tunes guaranteed until 4am.

Buy your tickets here. They’re going for £3 until April 9th.


Otto & The Mutapa Calling

Otto & The Mutapa Calling is a lively London based marimba band playing high energy, joyful music from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, including folk songs, original songs and popular southern African covers. The band's set-up includes soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas, mbira, hosho, drumming and singing, 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.

Village Cuts

Sourcing grooves from across the map, Village Cuts is a UK focused international rhythm refinery. They will be bringing fresh cuts and a whole lot of vibes to Juju's!

Count Bassy

From Latin to Afro via House, Balkan to Tropical, GBC resident Count Bassy is never short of beats to make you move your feet! Shaking dancefloors from Glastonbury to Bestival and in clubs across London, his sets are all about good vibes and big tunes, with a healthy dose of bass of course.

Fizzy Gillespie

Fizzy is a DJ & producer who will take you on musical journey around the world with his eclectic global selection. He has played at festivals and events such as Glastonbury, Boomtown, Bestival, Wilderness, Cirque Du Soul and many more. Expect nothing but the finest in bass infused sizzling global sounds for you to shake & groove to.


Representing the world music scene in East London, Juju's Bar & Stage is a multicultural arts space and mezcaleria located at the Old Truman Brewery in the heart of Brick Lane. An outdoor tiki bar compliments a cavernous warehouse space inside, where a diverse and excellent events program sets the bar for showcasing new talent in East London. Juju’s is a community driven venue, with regular events including weekly Brazilian and Cuban nights with optional dance classes, the infamous Jazz Band Ball on Saturdays, curated by local artists; and a rotation of East London’s finest DJ’s who heat up the dancefloor Fridays. Science, tech and politics talks draw an intellectual and activist crowd on Tuesdays, while a local Crate Brewery beer partnership and an extensive mezcal range keep the juices flowing from Brick Lane to Oaxaca.

8pm - 4am

£5 ADV
£8 OTD

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Focus Africa @Pop Brixton
3:00 PM15:00

Focus Africa @Pop Brixton

Come down to Pop Brixton for an incredible all day FREE EVENT hosted by Focus Africa in partnership with Pop Brixton, running from 3pm till midnight.

*Djs: DJ Snuff Ian Milne (DJSoulprovyder)
*Workshop and live: Otto & The Mutapa Calling (Zimbabwe / Botswana)
*Live Music: Yaaba Funk (Ghana - Hi-life)

For more information, visit the Facebook page here.

Focus Africa Pop Brixton Otto And The Mutapa Calling
Focus Africa Pop Brixton Otto And The Mutapa Calling
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Pineapple Pizza & Friends
to Feb 10

Pineapple Pizza & Friends

Pineapple Pizza - Otto And The Mutapa Calling African Marimba Band at Grow Hackney in London.jpeg

On the 9th of Feb we are back at Grow, Hackney with Pineapple Pizza for a night of tropical sounds. Otto & The Mutapa Calling will be sharing the energetic, joyful music of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, then Pineapple Pizza DJs with all the best in afrobeat / disco / cumbia and much much more till 2am!


Visit the Facebook event page here for more info.

See you on February 9th!

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Spill Festival Closing Party
6:30 PM18:30

Spill Festival Closing Party

Join us at this final event of SPILL 2018 to say thank you to the incredible group of artists, crew and volunteers who have helped make this festival happen, whilst enjoying a pint of our SPILL Festival beer, Zombie.

There’ll be DJs and live music from Duduetsa, so get ready to dance.

More information available here:

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Botswana Networking Event Celebrating 52 Years of Independence
4:00 PM16:00

Botswana Networking Event Celebrating 52 Years of Independence

  • The Wesley Euston Hotel & Conference Venue (map)
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Come and celebrate Botswana’s independence with the Botswana community in the UK! Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance. Scroll down for link.

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Free tickets available here:

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Trinity Laban's September Series
10:30 AM10:30

Trinity Laban's September Series

Join Trinity Laban this Autumn for their September Series for older adults – offering 4 days of inspiring, accessible and energising music and movement workshops for all abilities. Take part in a vibrant mix of workshops and extend your skills and experience of Hip Hop and South African music and dance.

More information here:

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