|By Eric (Organix) 2002
Tumi Molekane is a speaker of fancy, the vanguard clairvoyant, one of South Africa's brightest up and coming wordsmiths. He is an honest poet, an intuitive writer and responsible MC. This 22 year old spitkicker has done countless work on the Jo'burg hip-hop scene, most notably the Dead Prez show in the spring of 2000, and the Black August tour to South Africa the following year. He has shared the stage with SA's premier talent, such as Blk Sonshine, Bra Willie, Max Normal, Lesego Rampologeng, Kgositsile and much more. Tumi was the feature of Y-fm's acclaimed pilot ad campaign, performing controversial poetry for the ads. His debut album, âThe Tao of Tumiâ, is due for release this year. It will contain a collection of poems entitled âThe Black Inside Outâ.
The concept band, Volume, is a creative joint venture between Tumi, Tiago, Paulo, and Dave.
Tiago and Paulo form the other half of dubrockjazzhiphopelectricfunk group 340ml, one of the freshest sounds in SA at the moment. Tiago, is the âlead guitar-monster whose distorting, pitching and exquisite melodies create an unmistakable beauty that softens the edges of the band's sound.â Paulo is âthe beat-master on percussion, becoming an extension of the drums he beats.âAnd then there's Dave, a relative newcomer who is an âintense and broody bass player with long fingers that surf the chords with a laidback sense of smooth.â
The collective result is a sound that lingers over lines of new-school hip-hop, beat poetry and funked-up jazz, which is sure to set a new standard to be followed in national line-ups.
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