A quickie with Tumi

2007-05-30 15:08
On profanity and derogatory words in hip hop…
Hip hop assumed its language from the people it served: Young, energetic, angry and expressive people. I was once those people, a large number of my audience are those people. Hip hop is its own language, and unfortunately much is said that isn’t meant in rap. For example, the word “motherfucker”. I refuse to use any slang or profanity creatively, that I don’t completely understand or that doesn’t mean what it is.

On the Mzansi hip hop scene…
It's cool to make music out here; it's not always great to play it.

On how you handle disagreements with people you work with ...
Xbox challenge, shotgun rules or a break.

On departure from The Volume...
Scary but liberating.

On love…
Complicated, extremely complicated.

On living the “rock and roll” lifestyle…
I feel like a journalist looking in rather than an ember of a rock band sometimes. Ain’t much rocking and rolling on my part.

The stupidest thing you've done...
Tell a lie. The worst gig you've played...
Bassline in Melville couple days after the best gig, what a knock.

Your favourite song on the new album, Music From My Good Eye
“Bophelo Bame” featuring KG of Morafe.

Spelling tests...

If you weren't answering these questions, what would you be doing?
I’d be shopping, in France.

If you weren't a musician, what would you be?
An aspiring musician.

If you weren't human, what animal or object would you be?
An animal is too close to human, so I’ll pass on that one. I am good with one life, bring on the next. Object? Probably a cell phone, them old Nokia 3110 joints, they retired early.

- Nomfundo H Mbaba+Tshabalala

Tumi has dropped his first solo joint and is jet setting to feed hungry fans in South Africa and Europe. We interrupted Tumi’s visit to France for a quickie. Not that kind of quickie, it was an interview. We were surprised he obliged since he has a reputation of not turning up for photo shoots and disappointing fans.

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