Tumi Traverses Whole Worlds

by | Dec 15, 2009 | Sound | 5 comments

Many moons ago, I frequented a spot in Doornfontein, Johannesburg called Jungle Connection, a place I have mentioned in previous posts. One of the people I met on these poetic excursions was Boitumelo Molekane. He was at the heart of a creative, artistic collective called P.E.R.M. and would come through to Jungle infrequently, but always with words to provoke the mind and inspire the heart.

Everyone drifted out of Jungle Connection after a while. While we would bump into each other infrequently, Tumi the Poet-Emcee started carving a place for himself in South Africa and beyond both as an individual artist as well as part of Tumi and the Volume. I recently attended the listening session of Tumi’s latest album Whole Worlds and have had it on high rotation since. The first single, Bambezela, features kwaito artist Brickz & singer Tracey-Lee. The video has just been completed & I wanted to be able to share it with you. And go find the album. It is also available on iTunes and will definitely be worth your while.



  1. biz-ark-human

    Not in place where I can immediately access the album, but have asked someone to bring it for me. Will hopefully be bumping it 2mrw. Been a follower since I saw dude on them Y-commercials on television. Have had (i.e. owned physical copies) of every other release (well, apart from ‘Tao’ and ‘Live’) eversince.

    PS>any reprints of ‘Live…’ available?

  2. Letsie

    I have a couple of Tumi’s albums. I couldn’t find this on itunes. Craving it though. I hope all is well with you and fam. L

  3. Kojo Baffoe

    I’m not sure about Live reprints. I will ask him and let you know. Easy

  4. Sfundo

    I would lyk 2 get yr copies bt i dnt knw how nd lastly nd importantly help me 2 b a poet.i ned it

  5. La Negra

    Yeah man, God bless the poets! Has there ever been a place as hot as Jungle Connection after it’s popularity subsided? When I dropped out of Wits Tech in 2003, I tried a poetry joint in Rosebank and the less I talk about it the better. It actually made me loose my poetic voice, but now I feel like I’m about to burst at the seems because I cannot find a proper avenue for poetry readings. Know of any?

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About Kojo Baffoe

Of Ghanaian/German heritage, raised in Lesotho and currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kojo is the proverbial slashie, the professional ‘jack of all trades.’ He is an entrepreneur, writer, facilitator, content architect, former men’s magazine editor and speaker. He has a Bachelor of Commerce (1994) with majors in Economics, Marketing and Business Administration from the former the University of Natal (Durban), now University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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