*Othnell Mangoma Moyo*

Othnell ’Mangoma’ Moyo is a Dancer, Actor, Musician and Ethnomusicologist who plays ethnomusical instruments and collaborates with many Zimbabwean and International artists. Growing from the Nguboyenja Township of Makokoba in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, 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 perform and record with many Zimbabwean and foreign artists.
He has now 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.(
Mangoma makes three-quarters of the instruments he uses, and has recorded 2 albums ( under the name ‘Music According to Percussion’ (MAP), an ensemble led by Othnell 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 event held annually in Nguboyenja, Bulawayo.(, and also holds annual Zimbabwe Drummers Camp where he teaches rhythms, traditional songs and dances from his culture for free, as a way of preserving Bantu heritage.
He has penned downed Zimbabwe traditional Rhythms and songs in his book called Zimbabwean Ngoma/iNgungu Rhythms and Songs book 1 book which he shared what he has learned in the living tradition of Bulawayo Township Rhythms.(ISBN 978-0-7974-9249-3) ,,

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