African performers, composers, & vocal musicians that bridge cultural connections with East Africa.
Who is Imuka?
A Collection of Premiere East African Choir Members
The 30-person-choir is made up of highly talented musicians and dancers representing a dozen community groups from the northwestern shores of Lake Victoria. Imuka brings together not only rare singing techniques, electrifying choreography, hand drumming and multiple percussions, but also traditional dancing techniques that are adopted from the oldest East African folk songs and dances.
Imuka's purpose extends far beyond music, which, in Africa, has proven to be one of the most powerful tools in transforming people's lives socially, spiritually and economically. It was out of concern for the less fortunate members of their communities that Imuka Singers was born.
Imuka uses the energy and passion of the music to harness the values and dreams of East African people and encourages them to work together for self -sustaining economic development of their communities. Portions of all Imuka earnings go towards community health, education, and micro-enterprise initiatives to help partner communities in Bukoba. We are creating and using music to change lives!
What people are saying about Imuka
“Their heavenly voices will mesmerize and leave you wanting more…”
— A Visitor from Sweden
“Frankly, one of the biggest reasons I signed up to come to Bukoba is because of Imuka Singers…”
— Canadian Volunteer to Bukoba
“Mr. Israel Kagaruki is simply a genius. He is, in my opinion, the best combination of J.S.Bach and Ray Charles living in Tanzania today…”
- USA Choral Conductor on Imuka Training Director, Israel
(born blind and has composed over 700 Songs)
In June 2010, Hal Leonard Corporation, the world's largest music print publisher, picked one of Imuka's Israel Kagaruki pieces as “Editors' Choice”.
“They are the Cultural Ambassadors of East Africa”.
— Mayor of Bukoba, January 2011
“This was the best gift I can give to my granddaughter…to bring her to Imuka performance. She has never seen something like this from Africa”
— A grandma after watching Imuka Dance at
Door County Auditorium in Wisconsin, July 2011
“They make you want to go to Africa tomorrow!”
— Imuka fan in Los Angeles California