An architect of sound, a philosopher and a freethinker is the way 19-year old Afraaz Mulji describes himself when asked about his love and passion for music. Born in Tanzania and raised in Canada, Mulji has been fascinated by sound since he was a toddler playing drums on pots and pans at home. His family supported this passion and enrolled him in formal lessons for tabla at the age of three, and piano and theory of music lessons by the age of nine. Now as a young adult, he plays a variety of acoustic instruments such as the piano, organ, drums, tabla, saxophone, and guitar.
Mulji shared this passion recently in early December during a charity concert in Dar es Salaam to a full house crowd of 200 people, raising money for a charity who cares for orphans with HIV and learning disabilities.Having toured Canada, USA, and parts of Europe, this was his first non-profit debut in his homeland as a fully-fledged artist.
“I think music has a remarkable capacity to connect with people regardless of barriers, whether it be social, economic or political,” he said. “Music is a vehicle expressing the ineffable. My personal mission, which is to embody pluralism and the cosmopolitan ethic, is shaped by my artistic voice through music because I can say so many things about so many different cultures through one performance.”
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Afraaz Mulji’s improvisation on piano based on “Malaika” a popular Tanzanian song