‘Hello Hello Kitty’, the come-back video for South
Africa’s premiere MC Tumi is here!
During the past year Tanzanian-born, South African poet/MC Tumi
Molekane has been travelling around Africa performing festivals and
shooting a documentary film with director Vincent Moloi, tracing
back his childhood in exile and re-establishing musical relationships
he has cultivated over his career. This expedition has come to inform
his forth-coming album Rob the Church, his first since parting ways
with his ground-breaking band Tumi and the Volume.
For the lead single Hello Hello Kitty, Tumi drafts in another visual
creative leading light, award-winning Kenyan filmmaker and afro-
futurism champion Wanuri Kahiu. Mutual admirers of each other’s
work, their exchanges online eventually led to their first meeting on
the video set in Nairobi. The result, Kahiu says, “pokes holes at the
idea of this uber-bubble gum life we are being swept up in. Without
making judgement about our observations of the world, the video
attempts to complement the song that marveled at the mix of social
consciousness and commercialization.”
So while sonically, Hello Hello Kitty showcases yet another new
direction in Tumi’s repertoire (Sowetan producer Al The 3rd and
Switzerland’s Fred Hirsch handle the production), the compelling
social commentary typical of him remains constant.
Following a rousing performance at Malawi’s City of Stars festival
and select shows in France, Tumi will present for the first time in
South Africa a set of entirely brand new material from Rob The Church
at the Johannesburg Market Theatre on Thursday 21st November.
Tumi’s fans in Tanzania, Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda can look
forward to his second scheduled joint performance with Nigerian
alternative Soul singer Bez Idakula this weekend on Coke Studio
Africa, a hugely successful music television series whose premise is
to pit African artists from different countries and generations in the
same collaborative space.
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