Lucas Johane  Mucavel

Lucas Johane Mucavel

Lecturer of Musicology at the Department of Musicology Weimar-Jena

Subject/Instrument: Musicology, Transcultural Music Studies


Lucas Mucavel (Luka Mukhavele) is a musicologist, musician and instrument maker from Mozambique. He has lived in Germany since 2017.

In 1988 he worked as an English teacher at various schools and universities in Mozambique. From 2000 he taught "African Music and the Changana Language". From 2015 to 2017 he also headed the music department of the Maputo International School in Mozambique.

Lucas Mucavel has been a doctoral candidate at the UNESCO chair “Transcultural Music Studies” at the Institute for Musicology Weimar-Jena since 2017. He has been a lecturer there since 2020.

Scientific training

  • 2017–2021 PhD student at the Institute for Musicology Weimar-Jena, topic: "Challenges and potentials of traditional Mozambican musical instruments in today's context: Xizambi, Ximbvokombvoko, Xibavhani and Mbira"
  • 2008–2010 Master's degree “World Music Studies” at the University of Sheffield (Great Britain), degree “Master of Arts in World Music Studies”
  • 1995–1997 studied at the Zimbabwe College of Music, general certificate in music / ethnomusicology
  • 1985–1987 training as a language teacher for English at the Maputo Language Institute in Maputo (Mozambique)

Professional background

  • Since 2020 lecturer at the Institute for Musicology Weimar-Jena
  • 2015–2017 Head of the Music Department at Maputo International School (Mozambique)
  • 2008–2015 musicologist at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo (Mozambique)
  • 1997–2004 freelance musician and sound engineer
  • 1992–1997 music researcher in the Mozambican Ministry of Culture
  • 1989–1991 freelance musician and music researcher
  • 1988 English teacher at the Universidade Eduardo Mondlane in Maputo (Mozambique)

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