Our Artists, Our Heroes: Mac Virjee


JollyGul.com has launched Mohamed (Mac) Virjee’s website on its hosting platform. The Jamat can now conveniently play and enjoy Mac’s ginans, granths and devotional music all in one place.

JollyGul.com audio player displays synchronized line by line lyrics and translations for Mac’s latest album Satgurna Shaloka which has thematically selected recitations of verses from Shaloko Moto and Shaloko Nano, accompanied by music.

Born in Tanzania, Mohamed eventually settled in Kampala, Uganda. He began his career as an English teacher and later became Principal of the Aga Khan High School, until October 1972, when the forced Asian exodus of that year brought Mohamed and his family to Canada.

His love for music was nurtured by his parents from a very young age. Both parents were good singers and his Dad played the harmonium.

Known for his velvety smooth voice, Mohamed’s vocal interpretations of ghazals, bhajans and devotional music, especially ginans (religious poetry), have endeared him to members of the Ismaili community. He loves Indian ragas, which allow him the melodic structure to improvise, especially when he plays the harmonium.

Mohamed (“Mac” as he is popularly known) is a former corporate banker and a retired business executive. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Zubeda. They have 2 daughters and 3 grandchildren.

Please start enjoying Mac’s calming and spiritually elevating recitations on your computer or smartphone by clicking on the link below.


Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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