James Mujuru

James Mujuru

James Mujuru believes music to be the channel to ever-existing life. When he sings and plays, James opens this channel, connecting with his ancestors and bringing the wisdom of the past into the present. Now residing in Canada half time, he continues to perform, create, teach, and share, keeping the traditions of his people alive.

James teaches music in cultural centers and schools in North America and across Zimbabwe, inspiring many to learn the sacred ways of mbira and Zezuru culture. One of the gifts mbira has given him is learning to live in community with others, and in 2000, he was invited to join Kufunda Village Learning Centre to teach culture and study community development. In 2007, James founded Masango Cultural Center, a community in Zimbabwe dedicated to building healthy and sustainable relationships with the land, each other, and in oneself.

James comes from a lineage of renowned mbira players of Dambatsoko Village, near Rusape in Eastern Zimbabwe. His father, Ephat Mujuru, introduced the mbira to the western world and inspired James to begin learning formal mbira music and the art of making the instrument at a young age. At 19, James launched his international musical career, touring in Reunion Island, France, and South Africa. After the sudden death of his father in 2001, James reformed Ephat's Spirit of the People ensemble, performing song and stories throughout Zimbabwe. When James makes music, he feels the spirit of his father. He strongly believes Ephat Mujuru's lasting legacy was one of peace.


Name Sessions Enrollment
Singing - Bangidza
Singing: Teens, Adults; Any skill level
Session 8 (Sun 3:30 PM) 9 students
[no limit]
Advanced Mbira - Nyamaropa yevana vamushonga
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Advanced
Session 7 (Sun 1:00 PM) 10/10 students
Advanced Beginning Mbira - Bangidza (Katakata)
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Advanced Beginner
Session 6 (Sat 3:30 PM) 7/10 students
Intermediate Mbira - Karingahore
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 2 (Fri 1:00 PM) 6/10 students
Intermediate Mbira - Tomutenda Mambo
Mbira: Teens, Adults; Intermediate
Session 5 (Sat 1:00 PM) 5/8 students