Othnell “Mangoma” Moyo

– Music –

“It all begins within us and everyone has a role to play.”

Othnell Moyo
Location: Harare
Artwork statement: “This is a song sung in Xangan, Shona, and Ndebele and is derived from the Xangan proverb “Ufanele kuva Bucinca loku utsatseleka kuku vona emisaveni,” which means each person has to assume responsibility if there is to be any significant change globally.”

Q&A:

  • What was your experience with art as a child and growing up?

I learned marimba and ngoma from my brother and sister, then continued to pursue my passion for music by seeking knowledge and learning from my elders and peers.

  • How did it evolve over time?

I’ve performed and collaborated with artists from Zimbabwe and many other countries. I’ve enriched my relationship with music through exposure to other cultures of the world.

  • What do you think sets you apart from other artists in Zimbabwe?

I make three-quarters of the instruments that I use. I also teach music and dance to prisoners at Harare Central Prison through NGO Miracle Missions Trust, and I direct Talent Explorer in Nguyboyenja (TEN), an arts, sports, and business event. As a way of preserving Bantu heritage, I hold an annual Zimbabwe Drummers Camp where I teach rhythms, traditional songs, and dances for free.