SummaryThe most unlikely combination to ever share a melody since "Free Mandela" rallies: Tiago, a guitarist with more hair than face; Dave the consciously inconspicuous Jewish bassist; Paulo the vigorous face-contorting Mozambiquean drummer; and Tumi, a roly-poly Twang festooned Muslim emcee.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is Tumi and the Volume, arguably South Africa's most electric performers. The group has managed to create a distinct musical accent that includes blends of samba, swing, hip hop, reggae and poetry that speaks to the unique reality of the South African experience and still relates to the world in that universal way that only beauty can.
Think The Roots meets Common by way of South Africa. The band has wowed audiences all over South Africa, impressed fellow musicians Blackalicious (USA), Positive Black Souls (Senegal), Relax (Netherlands) and has been frequent invitees to world-class musical festivals such as Quart Festival in Norway, North Sea Jazz in Cape Town, Montreal Jazz and played throughout Europe.
"It's an emcee and a group of musicians, and they are like The Roots of Africa... well-written songs, clever dance music. Well-structured rhymes delivered in an easy and urgent pace at the same time. It's like King Sunny Ade or Talking Heads or Fela, or early Coldplay. It's more interesting than even that stuff. It's got lush melodies. They cover a lot of ground. There's some Red Hot Chili-type flavor, some ska, there's a lot going on in that band."
-Mos Def, New York Times