Staff Profile

/Dr R. Muranda


  • Doctor of Literature and Philosophy (DLitt et Phil) Musicology UNISA (2017) Thesis title: Implementation of a computer-assisted method in teaching the nyunga mbira
  • Master of Music (Music Technology) Degree, University of Pretoria, (2011).
  • Bachelor of Music (Music Technology) Honours Degree, University of Pretoria, 2007.
  • Bachelor of Arts with Education (Music Major) Degree, Africa University, (1999).
  • Certificate in Education Primary (Music Major) University of Zimbabwe (1990).

Research Interests:

  • Collecting and recording children’s traditional songs.
  • Digital music production in the 21st century.
  • Exploring preservation of ethnic musical traditions through digital technology.
  • Instrumental performance of mbira and western musical instruments.
  • Live sound reinforcement techniques.
  • Music and internet resources for music instruction.
  • Performative music technologies.
  • Recording, mixing, and mastering music.
  • Transcription of traditional African music using notation software packages.
  • Virtual teaching and learning resources in the 21st century.


Manyame, P. & Muranda, R. 2024. Exploring music performance practices in the Zimbabwe Republic Police Muziki Journal online DOI-10.1080/18125980.2024.2317929

Chimbudzi, W. & Muranda, R. 2023. A study of the Impact of Sound Checking in Sungura Live performances in Harare. Dzimbahwe Journal of Multidisciplinary Research,

Muranda, R. 2023. Portrayal of Identity and Otherness in Tocky Vibes’ Song ‘Binga’. Mankind Quarterly, 64(1), 141-151 Fall Edition ISSN: 0025-2344.

Katiji. E.W., Muranda, R., Chimbudzi., W & Chamisa, V. 2023. Students’ Use of Digital Online Resources in Music Study at Zimbabwe State Universities in Response to COVID-19. In African Media Space and Globalization (pp. 211-230). Springer Nature: Switzerland.

Mutavati, A. & Muranda, R. 2023. A survey on the uptake of software and hardware resources for music production in Zimbabwean contemporary music.African Musicology Online,12(2), 56-64.

Malandu, N. C. & Muranda, R. 2023. Exploring the Big Four production styles and the recording industry in Zimbabwe. African Musicology Online, 12 (2), 33-42.

Muranda, R. & Banda, E. 2023. Acceptance of contemporary songs in the Methodist Church in Zimbabwe liturgy: Ruwa section, Goromonzi.African Musicology Online,12(1), 64-78.

Katiji, E. and Muranda, R. 2023. Examining the Place of Female Musicians in Zimbabwe’s Music Industry. In Indigenous African Language Media: Practices and Processes (pp. 195-212). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore.

Maguraushe, W., Muranda, R. & Chimbudzi, W. 2022. Portrayal of Zimbabwe’s Socio-Economic Struggles through Winky D’s Zimdancehall Soundscape. Mankind Quarterly 63 (2), 212-229. 

Muranda, R.  & Maruzani, N. 2022. Gender Representations in Early Childhood Development: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Selected ECD Rhymes. Journal of Education and Practice ISSN 2222-1735 (Paper) (Online) 13. (33), 83-86.

Muranda, R. Chimbudzi, W. & Maguraushe, W. 2022. “Thomas ‘Mukanya’ Mapfumo and Songs of Protest in Colonial and Post-Independence Zimbabwe.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Music. Ed. Kate van Orden. New York: Oxford University PressDOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199757824-0308

Muranda, R. 2021. Music Business in Zimbabwe in the Backdrop of Music Piracy in the 21st Century. In Driving Socio-economic Development Through Value Addition and sustainable use of Resources: Challenges and Prospects (p.229-244). Edited by H.T.  Ngoshi & V.Z. Nyawo. Africa Institute for Culture, Peace, Dialogue & Tolerance Studies: Harare. 

Muranda, R., Maguraushe, W. & Chimbudzi, W. 2021. The musical side of Robert Gabriel Mugabe. In Sabao, C., Mahomva, R. R. & Mhandara, L. (Eds) Re-membering Robert Gabriel Mugabe: Politics, legacy, philosophy, life and death. (p.116-146). Harare: Leaders for Africa Network.

Chimbudzi, W., Muranda, R. & Maguraushe, W. 2021. The evolution of music recording technologies in Zimbabwe. The Dyke: Journal of The Midlands State University. 15. (1), 34–50.

Hove, A. & Muranda, R. 2018. Notation Software and Music Composition in Selected Tertiary Institutions in Zimbabwe. The Dyke. Journal of the Midlands State University, 12. (2), 188-202.

Muranda, R. 2018. Nhare mbira in Rainmaking Ceremonies of the Zezuru of Nharira Hills in Zimbabwe. The Dyke. Journal of the Midlands State University, 12. (2), 221-241.

Muranda, R. 2018. Reflecting on Death Through Song Among the Shona people of Zimbabwe. Dande: Journal of Social Sciences and Communication, 2. (2) 107-119.

Hove, A. & Muranda, R. 2018. Notation Software and Music Composition in Selected Tertiary Institutions in    Zimbabwe. The Dyke. Journal of the Midlands State University,12. (2), 188-202.

Muranda, R. 2017. Modern Technology and the Transformation of Mbira in the 21st Century. Pan African          Journal of the Arts Education. Research and Practice, 1. (2), 134-141.

Muranda, R. and W. Maguraushe. 2014. Sungura Music’s Development in Zimbabwe: The emergence of trendsetters, emulators and copycats. The Journal of Music and Meaning, (12) 44-62.

Muranda, R. 2012. A comparison of software-based staff notation and indigenous methods in teaching the nyunga mbiraThe Dyke Journal of the Midlands State University, 6. (4), 29-45.

Blom, D, Van Nierkerk, C. & Muranda, R. 2011. “Your silence can seriously damage someone’s health”: Getting Zimbabwe protest songs heard. IASPM 2011Conference Proceedings. Grahamstown, Western Cape, South Africa. 51-54.

Muranda, R2010. The nhare mbira music trends in Zimbabwe since 1980. MUZIKI. Journal of Music Research in Africa,  7. (1), 76-87.

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