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Otto and The Mutapa Calling

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About Otto and The Mutapa Calling

The UK's only active professional southern African marimba band
African ensemble
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Otto And The Mutapa Calling is a colourful celebration of southern African music and culture. The London based marimba band plays energetic, joyful music from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana, covering traditional folk songs, original songs and popular southern African covers. The band's set-up includes soprano, tenor and baritone marimbas, hosho, drumming and singing, with a splash of both traditional and contemporary dances. The marimba band’s sound is full of energy and pulsating rhythms - and the band’s music shares the rich cultures, histories and stories of the people of southern Africa. Formed in 2017, the marimba band is led by Otto Gumaelius who started playing African music on the marimba in the late 1990s in Botswana. The band is currently comprised of musicians from Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa and the UK, and is the only active professional southern African marimba band of its kind in the UK. The marimba band performs at weddings, festivals, private parties and corporate events. Some recent performance highlights include Boomtown Fair, Peckham Festival, Lambeth Country Show, Colchester Zoo, Lewisham People’s Day, Spring Classic Festival, Devizes Picnic In The Park, Just So Festival, Late Bloom Festival, Kallida Festival, Timber International Forest Festival, Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod and One Love Festival. Band leader, Otto Gumaelius, has also led marimba and mbira workshops at festivals such as WOMAD and Tropical Pressure, alongside regular teaching of his own.

Otto and The Mutapa Calling's Reviews

From customers:

Charlotte M
1 year ago

We were looking for a non-typical band to play at our wedding celebration, and I was so excited to come across Otto & The Mutapa Calling. They were absolutely perfect; really fun, high-energy music that got everyone from our one year old to our oldest relatives dancing. Was a stand out moment of the whole event! Thank you so much guys! (10 / 10)

Emma T
10 years ago

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!

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Otto and The Mutapa Calling's Song list

Avulekile Amasango
Can't Help Falling in Love (Elvis Presley)
Cha’ Chimurenga (Stella Chiweshe)
Click Song (Miriam Makeba)
Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
In The Mood (Glen Miller)
Jambo Bwana (Them Mushrooms)
Jerusalema (Master KG)
Ke Go Neilwe Ke Modimo
Ke Ne Kele Kae
Makoti Ke Dinako
Malaika (Adam Salim / Miriam Makeba)
Mamaliye (Amampondo)
Mangwane Mpulele
Manhanga Kutapira
Mawere Kongonya (Andy Brown)
Mhondoro Dzinomwa
Mhururu Kumatenga (Kuda Mutsvene)
Neria (Oliver Mtukudzi)
Pata Pata (Miriam Makeba) was
Red Red Wine (UB40)
Sayiwela (Lovemore Majaivana)
Shauri Yako (Orchestre Super Mazembe)
Stand By Me (Ben E King)
Taive Gumi Nevavhiri
Taurai Zvenyu
Torai Mapadza Muchirima
Ukholo Lwami
Umakoti Ngowethu / Nzira Dzemusango
Umbombela (Dolly Rathebe / Soweto Gospel Choir)
Unomeva (Dolly Rathebe)
Usacheme (Chiwoniso Maraire)
Waka Waka (Shakira)
What a Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong)
Customer questions

What do your clients love most about your performances?

Our energy and good vibes

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

Hootananny Rich Mix ExCel Centre Vauxhall Food and Beer Garden Secret Magic Garden Colchester Zoo Wylam Brewery Oxford Business School Lillibrook Manor and Barn Dodford Manor Barn Kirtington Park House Cranleigh Village Hall The Canteen Square and Compass Bicester Hotel Golf and Spa

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

Thomas Mapfumo Oliver Mtukudzi Brenda Fassie Lucky Dube

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

Performance for the King and Queen of Sweden at Lund's University in Sweden

Do you have different line-up options?

Our line up is 3 marimbas + percussion. We can happily include dancers and singers if required.

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

Happy to be flexible as required.

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

Yes, iPod service is fine.

How much time do you need to set up?

1 hour

Can you roam around while you perform?

Unfortunately not, due to the nature of the instruments we play

Can I pick the songs you play from the set list?


Is all of the equipment (e.g. PA & lighting) included in your quote?

Quote includes our instruments only. If a PA and lighting are required, we can happily quote.

Can you learn song requests before the event?

Yes. We charge an extra £150 for song requests covering up to 3 songs.
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