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