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Othnell Mangoma Moyo

Othnell Moyo also known as "Mangoma" (freely translating as “the one with the drums”) is a multi-talented, internationally touring Artist, an ethnomusicological researcher and preservation activist, deeply rooted in Zimbabwean Culture, who makes 75% of the instruments he plays himself.

Growing up in the Nguboyenja township of Makokoba in Bulawayo, and learning marimba and ngoma from his brother Osward and sister Rea, Mangoma pursued his passion for music, seeking knowledge, learning from his elders and his peers. His development into a skilled and highly-valued artist led him to be invited to perform and record with many Zimbabwean and foreign artists.

He was trained as a traditional Dancer, Actor and Musician and has since studied and acquired detailed knowledge of a vast range of local traditional instruments, musical styles and rhythms as well as global and contemporary ones. With his band MAP - Music According to Percussion, he plays and performs the diversity of his skills while advocating for the significance of education and preservation around his country's rich cultural history, which was forbidden and destroyed under Colonial reign.

He has so far represented Zimbabwe in more than 30 countries of the world, in over 400 venues and international festivals, and participated in a number of international musical collaborations with artists from Norway, Austria, Sweden, Indonesia, Burkina Faso, France, India, Indonesia and more. In 2016 he was selected for the One Beat (USA) programme, where he collaborated with artists from 17 countries, enriching his relationship with music by exposure to other cultures of the world.

Othnell handmakes three-quarters of the instruments he uses, and has recorded 2 albums under the name ‘Music According to Percussion’ (MAP), an ensemble that plays ‘music that is driven by percussion’.Mangoma also teaches music and dance to prisoners at Harare Central Prison under Miracle Missions, and directs TEN (Talent Explorer in Nguboyenja) an Arts-Sports and business community event held annually in Bulawayo. 

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