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Pops Mohamed

Legendary Afro-Jazz Musician


Pops Mohamed was honoured for his unique musical contribution in saving the precious heritage of the indigenous African music of our Elders, bringing the music of our past into our present, and mentoring younger generations of talented musicians for our common future.



Pops Mohamed is one of South Africa’s most sorted after multi-instrumentalists. He plays the Mbira,San Mouthbow, Kalimba, The Kora (lute harp), Uhadi (Xhosa bow), Umrhube (played by Xhosa women), Didgeridoo and a number of hand percussion. He is a composer / arranger and also writes music for films and documentaries. Pops aim in life is to protect and preserve African traditional instruments. Pops has toured the world all over including France and Vietnam. He has collaborated with musicians from many parts of the world. Pops also loves working with young kids in schools and has given many workshops in schools all over Europe, Denmark, Finland, the UK and some African countries. Pops also works with R&B Hip Hop artists as well as Dj’s. Currently he is in studio writing new material for his forthcoming release titled ‘Things with Strings. Pops Mohamed is dedicated to keeping the music of the San alive, and was instrumental in recording their songs on a MELT 200 Bio: POPS MOHAMED biography 2021 Born in Benoni east of Johannesburg in South Africa, Pops Mohamed is said by many to be South Africa’s ‘unofficial minister of music’. In the 90s he began recording the music of the San from the Kalahari in Namibia and integrating it into various projects ranging from jazz and funk to drum ‘n’ bass and trance. Pops Mohamed works as a producer / performer and lives in Johannesburg. He loves experimenting with the newest technology, always in the service of music! Pops owes his artistic openness to his childhood to the Indian in Benoni. His nickname Pops dates back to his childhood enthusiasm for the comic seaman Popeye. He was awarded the most prestigious 'Lifetime Achievement Award' in 2023 by South African Music Awards (SAMA).

Acceptance Speech -

Pops Mohamed
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