Muhammad Dawjee is a musician based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
He is a resident member of iPhupho L'ka Biko, Kinsmen, The Brother Moves On & the Matthew Chadwick Quintet.
His work with Kinsmen (co-founded in 2015) has been nominated for both the SAMA awards and the Mzantsi Jazz Awards.
His solo project Otherness featuring Lwanda Gogwana, Keenan Ahrends, Romy Brauteseth, Nicholas Bjorkman and Siphephelo Ndlovu is due for release in February 2020.
My journey as an artist is informed by my identity as a 4th generation South African of Indian descent. I am curious about how minority post-colonial communities of diaspora such as my own, shape their existence through their appropriation or ignorance of the cultures of the ‘motherland’ under the pressures of a homogenised, interconnected and globalised community.
I'm formally trained as an architect and work predominantly with intuition as a means to respond to and to develop work. My interest in jazz and improvised music is in the conceptual specificity of composition and the immediacy of responding to an intuitive context when performing.
For me, this music is a medium for cultivating self-awareness and galvanising new forms of cultural assertion for the performer and the listener.