Mwalim *7), a.k.a. DaPhunkeeProfessor is a multidisciplinary, master artist and teacher. As a musician, singer, songwriter, arranger and producer, he is the type of soul - funk - jazz artist who embodies the time-honored tradition of the musical storyteller. A vibrant and prolific figure in the underground soul and dance music scene, Mwalim notes, I never made a killing, but I've always made a living. Nicknamed ‘DaPhunkeeProfessor’ by a former student; Mwalim is a tenured professor of English and Black Studies at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Playing Carnegie Hall before he turned 14, Mwalim began his career in the 1980's, while attending Music & Art High School. Hanging out in the fabled 251 West 3oth Street music building led to doing session work at Planet Studios and Rogue studios; later doing session work at Jazzy Jay Recording Studios when it was located in the Bronx. Nicknamed The String Guy for adding violin, viola and cello parts to songs, he also played keyboard on a number of early hip-hop, r&b and dance music recordings in New York City and eventually Boston, MA.
He went on to attend Boston University as a music composition and history major, where he continued his work as a studio session player. He also joined New African Company -the oldest professional Black theater company in New England- initially as a composer in residence, but also received formal training in theater arts and arts education. Upon completing his undergraduate work, he continued as a film student, earning a MS in Film Production.