Othnell Mangoma Moyo
Othnell ’Mangoma’ Moyo is a Performing Artist, Instrument Builder and an Ethnomusicologist who collaborates with many Zimbabwean and international artists.
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 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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