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Njane Mugambi

(Nairobi, Kenya)

Composer - Educator - Researcher

Njane Mugambi is the leading Kenyan composer of a home-grown style of classical and contemporary art music.

He has been involved in the music scene for more than 25 years as a composer, teacher, academic and performer.

His eclectic musical interests and experience include classical, folk, jazz, pop and world music genres.

He is best known for his orchestral and choral compositions inspired by Kenya’s folk and contemporary culture.

Works that are regularly performed include the orchestral symphonic poem for climate change, Hifadhi, and the rhythmic fanfare for brass and percussion, Pumbumbum peh! Both pieces were recently performed in Lausanne, Switzerland during the 2020 Youth Winter Olympics cultural events.

All his work is driven by a passion to celebrate the beauty and diversity of Kenya, East Africa and Africa’s immense cultural wealth.

A selection of recent Works by Njane Mugambi:.
• Mass for peace ‘Missa Amani’ (2018) for SATB, Organ, Brass and Percussion sung in Latin, English and Kiswahili.
• Tuba Concerto (2017) for Tuba and orchestra
• Time is Now (2016) song for a short film teaser on dance in pre-independence Kenya
• Ujenzi (2013) for orchestra. A symphonic poem on the building of the East African railway at the turn of the 20th century.