Muhammad was born and raised Pretoria, South Africa.
He was never formally educated in music, but grew up surrounded by it - in the Malay choral Gadaat
recitals his grandfather used to host on Sundays and tinkering at the piano his grandmother bought for
his elder sisters (who were already taking lessons when he was born).
Muhammad was selected as a member of the Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band for the years
2006, 2007 and 2008 at the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival, Grahamstown. The 2008 band,
conducted by Shannon Mowday also performed at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz in Johannesburg.
In 2009 he was selected alongside tertiary music students (Sisonke Xonti and others) and local and
international professional muscians such as Shannon Mowday, Mike Rossi, Frank Brodahl (Norway) &
Arne Hiorth (Norway) to perform as a part of the North Sea Big Band, curated and conducted by Arne
In 2010 he was selected as a member of the New South African Orchestra in 2010 alongside emerging
young talents Nhlanhla Daniel Mahlangu, Oscar Rachabane and Billy Monama to perform with a
collective of South African Legends such as Barney Rachabane, Khaya Mahlangu, Feya Faku directed
and conducted by Dr