Muhammad Dawjee is a musician, composer & scholar from the Indian apartheid group-area, Laudium, on the western outskirts of Pretoria. He sees improvisation as a research process and takes a particular interest in the identity of the Indian diaspora living in South Africa by using music to unearth complex stories of colonial subjugation, migration and pursuit of liberation through dialogue.  

In his youth, he was selected for several Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Bands and has worked with Dr Abdullah Ibrahim, Andile Yenana and recently Mandla Mlangeni (The Amandla Freedom Ensemble). He is currently a resident member of the pan-Afrikan septet iPhupho L’ka Biko, the indo-jazz trio Kinsmen and tours regularly with the experimental performance-art ensemble The Brother Moves On.

In Johannesburg, he performs regularly with his working group – Dawjee Trio. He is also currently co-leading a research initiative with Kinsmen and Zimbabwean percussionist and ethnomusicologist Othnell Mangoma Moyo – the output of which is an album and an archive.

His solo EP Otherness features Keenan Ahrends, Romy Brauteseth, Nicholas Bjorkman and Lwanda Gogwana and is due for release in 2022.  

Selected discography:

Kinsmen – Window to the Ashram, Independent (2017)

The SN Project – Afrikanization, Independent (2020)

Muhammad Dawjee – ‘Otherness’ (single) feat. Siphephelo Ndlovu on compilation “New Horizons: Young Stars of South African Jazz Vol. 2”, Afrosynth Records (2021)

i’Phupho L’ka Biko. feat Kinsmen – ‘Abaphezulu’ on compilation “Indaba Is”, Brownswood (2021)

i’Phupho L’ka Biko – ‘UThixo Ukhona’ (single), ALTBlk (2021)

Msaki – ‘Anisixabisanga’ (single) feat. The Brother Moves On, Platinum Heart Open, Msaki (2021)

The Brother Moves On – Tolika Mtoliki, Matsuli Music (2021)