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.

Otto Gumaelius & The Taste of Southern Africa Marimba Band

The Band

Otto Gumaelius & The Taste of Southern Africa is a London-based marimba band playing a lively, rhythmic collection of original arrangements of folk songs from Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe, alongside some of Otto's own original songs, mostly sung in Setswana. The band's setup includes soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas, mbira dzavadzimu, hosho, drumming, singing and traditional dances. 

Visit the events page for a full listing of upcoming shows.


Our Sound

Taste of Southern Africa Cultural Arts Festival - Oct 2017

Africa Utopia - July 2017

Wandsworth Arts Fringe Festival - May 2018


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Testimonials

Otto and his team played a wonderful show for us at the architectural association for the annual summer party! He’s great with communication and always willing to help in any way he can. It’s great working with someone who takes his profession seriously and I would highly recommend him
— LEO HASSERIIS, ARCHITECTURE ASSOCIATION SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

YOU REALLY ADDED SUCH A GREAT CELEBRATORY ATMOSPHERE TO OUR WEDDING AND THE GUESTS ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! FANTASTIC MUSIC! YOU ARE ALL SO TALENTED! THANK YOU FOR HELPING MAKE OUR DAY SO SPECIAL!
— Emma Tang

WE SAW YOU PLAY AT THE SOUTHBANK THE OTHER DAY - YOU WERE ALL AMAZING! MY BOYFRIEND AND I LOVED YOU, SUCH GREAT FUN AND ABSOLUTELY THE HIGHLIGHT OF OUR DAY!
— Katherine Ridley

Brilliant performance! These artists are creating something unique that deserves a wider audience.
— Clifford Coker

YOU GUYS WERE AMAZING! THANK YOU FOR MAKING OUR DAY SO MEMORABLE!
— Ngaa Zivuku

A southern African acoustic band, led by Otto Gumaelius, marimba performing artist and teacher, provided an intriguing performance that fascinated everyone
— AFRICAN CUISINE MAGAZINE

With high energy and an authentic sound, they never disappoint and always have the audience on their feet
— HEIDI SINCUBA, CURATOR OF MAKEBA / HEIDI SINCUBA PRESENTS

We were entertained by Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata and the backing marimba and drums were absolutely brilliant
— NEHANDA RADIO

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