Daily Archives: June 27, 2011

Tumi and the Volume – “Asinamali” [VIDEO]

Tumi and the Volume

Tanzanian-born Tumi Molekane lived in exile with his parents until 1992, when the family returned to Soweto, South Africa. Beginning his rap career as MC Fatboy of P.E.R.M., a nine-member crew that included producer Richard The 3rd, the group released APT: An Artistic Representation of Truth in 2001. The following year Tumi released his solo EP, A Dream Led To This, on Australian label Nuffsaid Recordings.  Tumi would go on to become a household name in South Africa with his creative partnership with afro-fusion Mozambican expats 340 mL, combining to form Tumi & The Volume after a series of jam sessions in 2001. Releasing their debut album in 2004 – the live recording At The Bassline – the group was nominated for three SAMAs (South African Music Awards), including Best Group and Best Rap Album.  Currently the band is on tour in South Africa promoting their 3rd album, Pick a Dream.



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Bon Iver – “I Can’t Make You Love Me” (Live in Studio) [VIDEO]

Justin Vernon sings a gorgeous, one-take rendition of Bon Iver, Bon Iver B-side “I Can’t Make You Love Me” / “Nick of Time” in an intimate studio setting, backed only by an upright piano. Watch Vernon channel Bonnie Raitt circa 1991 above.

By: Shayne Byrne | Beat-Play Ambassador Ireland | @shaynewithMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Pretty Blue Guns – “Shed Your Skin” [FREE DOWNLOAD]


Pretty Blue Guns

The Pretty Blue Guns are four best friends who love making a noise. They have been playing shows all over South Africa for the past few years with some of the country’s top acts, ranging from small intimate theater shows to huge festivals.  The band consists of Andre Leon (vocals/guitar), Brandon Visser (guitar), Gregory Thompson (bass), and Lucas Swart (drums/vocals). Their style has been described as “gritty blues rock”, with influences ranging from early Robert Johnson era blues and Tom Waits to modern rock giants such as The White Stripes or Kings Of Leon.  The band recently finished their second album, Shed Your Skin, in April.  Download the title track via soundcloud to check it out.



By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC