Tumi Molekane

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Tumi Molekane
Background information
Birth name Boitumelo Molekane
Also known as MC Fatboy
The Poet MC
Stogie T
Born (1981-08-16) August 16, 1981 (age 35)
Origin Johannesburg, Gauteng Province, South Africa
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper, poet, songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Labels Motif Records
Associated acts
Website tumipoetmc.com

Boitumelo "Tumi" Molekane (born 16 August 1981) is a South African rapper and poet. He was the lead vocalist of Tumi and the Volume, that was officially disbanded in 2012.[citation needed]


Tumi and the Volume also comprises the members of the Mozambican band 340ml.[1]

Molekane was born in Tanzania while his South African parents lived in exile there.[2] In 1992 he repatriated to South Africa and took up residence in Soweto.

Music career[edit]

In 2005, he recorded the song "Trade Winds" with Cincinnati-based rapper Main Flow. In 2006 he published his debut album, Music from My Good Eye, through his record label, Motif Records.

The album was later listed as one of the greatest South African albums of all time.[3]

In 2006, he was published in the American literary journal The Subterranean Quarterly. [4]

Tumi was also involved in the Dead Prez show around late in 2000 and also took part in the Black August tour to South Africa in 2001.[5]

He has also performed with South African recording artists Blk Sonshine, Keorapetse Kgositsile, Watkin Tudor Jones, Lesego Rampolokeng. Saul Williams, Sarah Jones and Mutabaruka. He's also working alongside Chinese Man, a French Hip-Hop crew.

In his book Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-hop Subversion (2008), Professor Adam Haupt of the University of Cape Town analyzed the lyrics Molekane wrote for the Tumi and the Volume song "76", as well as others. Among Haupt's arguments are that contemporary hip hop music provides critical insights into the inheritance of violence in post-apartheid South Africa.[6]

He contends that, despite commercial and often sexist imperatives in mainstream hip hop music, South Africa has produced a number of socially conscious hip hop artists, who are reluctant to compromise their art and political views.[7]


  1. ^ "340ml - SOUTH AFRICAN MUSIC". Music.org.za. Retrieved 2016-02-11. 
  2. ^ "Sauti za Busara: Tumi and the Volume". Mambo Magazine. Retrieved 2016-02-10. 
  3. ^ Simon Harper, "Tumi from the V's album listed in the greatest local rap album of all time",Hype magazine,23 May 2013
  4. ^ Kim pebble, "Tumi is one to lookout for",The Subterranean Quarterly,16 July 2013
  5. ^ "Open Minds 16 April 2003". Africa's Gateway. 23 March 2003. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Haupt, Adam (2008). Stealing Empire: P2P, Intellectual Property and Hip-hop Subversion. Cape Town: Human Sciences Research Council. pp. 157, 202–209. ISBN 9780796922090. OCLC 184829137. 
  7. ^ "Tumi & The Volume (South Africa)". music.org.za. Making Music Productions. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 

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