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From Zoom to Zambia!

Leon Mobley, global djembe icon and spokesperson for the power of the drum, completes his MIMA tour of Southern Africa. Use the arrows next to the countries listed above or click on video thumbnails below to scroll through videos.


  • Namibia
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • South Africa
  • Mozambique
  • Zimbabwe

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NAMIBIA Fast Facts from Lonely Planet
Area825,000 sq km
Famous forNamib Desert, Kalahari, Etosha Pan
LanguagesEnglish, Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo,
Herero, Nama
MoneyNamibian dollar (N$)
PhrasesHowzit? (How are you?)
Population2.1 million
MALAWI Fast Facts from Lonely Planet
Area118,484 sq km
Famous forLake Malawi, friendly locals
LanguagesEnglish, Chichewa
MoneyMalawi kwacha (MK)
PhrasesMuli banjo? (How are you?)
Population13.1 million
Number of endangered species154
ZAMBIA Fast Facts from Lonely Planet
Area752,614 sq km
Famous forNational parks with Big Five, Victoria Falls
LanguagesEnglish, Bemba, Lozi, Nyanja, and Tonga
MoneyZambian kwacha
PhrasesMuli shani (hello; Bemba)
Muli bwanji(hello; Nyanja)
Population12 million
South Africa Fast Facts from Lonely Planet
Area1.2 million sq km
CapitalPretoria (administrative)
Famous forNelson Mandela,ending apartheid,
Zululand, Cape Town
LanguagesEnglish, Afrikaans, Ndebele, Xhosa, Zulu,
Sepedi, Sesotho and more
MoneyRand (R)
PhrasesDumela/Sawubona/ (hello; Setswana &
Sesotho/Zulu & Swati)
Population49 million
Mozambique Fast Facts from Lonely Planet
Area801,590 sq km
Famous forMozambique Island, marrabenta music,
Makonde woodcarvings
LanguagesPortuguese, various African languages
MoneyMetical (Mtc)
PhrasesBom dia (good morning?); obrigado/a
(thank you - m/f speaker )
Population21 million
Zimbabwe Fast Facts from Lonely Planet
Area390,580 sq km
Famous forVictoria Falls, Mana Pools, Hwange
National Park, Robert Mugabe
LanguagesEnglish, Shona, Ndebele
MoneyUS Dollars now used legally throughout
PhrasesSiyabonga kakulu (thank you; Ndebele);
tatenda (thank you: Shona)
Population13 million

MIMA Music, Inc. is a US-based educational nonprofit organization that uses music improvisation to engage and enrich communities around the world. MIMA Media tells the stories of traveling musicians in the form of 1-minute videos that are filmed, edited and shared every day.

The US Department of State is the principal sponsor of the MIMA Africa Tour in Namibia, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, featuring the drumming icon Leon Mobley. Daily programs include music workshops for at-risk youth, evening performances at regional music festivals, public master classes and recording sessions with adults, professional musicians and university students. The goal of Living Rhythms is to leave behind self-sustaining Rhythm Clubs. Christoph A. Geiseler's daily videos capture the beauty of local musical cultures in Africa and will inspire an interactive conversation online.

Leon Mobley

Mr. Leon Mobley began playing African drums in 1967, studying for 10 years under the tutelage of seminal Nigerian master drummer Babatunde Olatunji. Following an early career as a child actor on the PBS show, Zoom, Mr. Mobley studied under the directorship of Senegalese master drummer Ibrahim Camara (former drummer for the National Ballet of Senegal). He has succeeded in bringing African drumming into contemporary mainstream music and has performed and recorded with many major artists in all genres. Among the many artists Mr. Mobley has worked with are: Ben Harper, The Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, Mick Jagger, Quincy Jones, Santana, Michael Jackson, Macy Gray, Trevor Hall, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Blind Boys of Alabama, Damian Marley, Jason Mraz, Madonna, The Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Govt Mule, and more.