Mbuyiselo, known as “Munkie”, was born in Langa (meaning “Sun”) in Cape Town, South Africa – a Township brimming with talent. He is from the Xhosa tribe and a member of the Ndlovu (Elephant) Clan. Growing up in impoverished township South Africa, his only creative outlet was drumming and started his performance career at the age of 7.
Displaying an innate natural talent for drumming and percussion has put him on the trajectory toward becoming the successful Master Drummer that he is today. Munkie has played for a wide variety of audiences on a global level. His performing career includes solo performances, Drumming accompanist in various Dance Companies, World Music Bands and Theatre productions. His performance footprint hast taken him throughout South Africa, Asia, North America and Europe. Munkie is regarded as one of South Africa’s top ethnic drummers and revered drum teacher, having perfected the Djembe Drum, Talking Drum, Zimbabwe Master Drums, Zulu Drums and Doun Doun. Other instruments he is proficient at playing are: African Kudu Horn & Flute.
In 1996 Munkie joined Drum Cafe with Warren Lieberman and help developed the music now performed globally at the Drum Café. In 2002 he was cast as the lead in Traditional African Drumming in the DrumStruck Theatre production, later to tour off-Broadway for two years and more recently the Edinburgh Festival.
After Munkie performed in the 1994 Common Wealth Games in Victoria BC, he fell in love with Canada and its people and in 2002 brought Drum Café to West Canada and has made his home in beautiful British Colombia.