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Tuesday, 23 September 2014

South African Rapper and Poet Tumi Molekane Creates History At The Apollo Theater

By Stella WaAfrika



Tumi Molekane, a household name, and former lead of the group “Tumi and The
Volume”, recently returned from a 3 week Europe tour with French Hip Hop
collective Chinese Man venturing through France, Belgium and Germany. Now
Tumi is on his way to take on New York City’s infamous Apollo Theater.


The Apollo Theater was built in 1913. Catering to the black community of the
Harlem neighborhood, New York, is a music hall which is a noted venue for
African-American performers. It is estimated that 1.3 million people visit
the Apollo every year.


The Apollo Theater Legends Hall of Fame has inducted such renowned
performers and music-industry figures such as Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin,
Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis Jr., James Brown & The Famous Flames, Diana Ross
& The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Short, The
Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder,
Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo,
Machine Gun Kelly, James Brown, Little Richard, Smokey Robinson, Billy
Eckstine, Quincy Jones and Chaka Khan.


The World Music Institute has invited Tumi Molekane to perform on the Africa
Now! Main stage event at The Apollo Theater, New York City on Saturday, 11th
October 2014, this will be his first ever performance in the USA. Tumi will
be showcasing work from his 3rd solo album, titled ‘Return Of The King”,
which is due for release in October 2014, at this World Renowned Venue with
a full live band, alongside other prominent South African acts, The Soil &
Simphiwe Dana. This auspicious occasion will be hosted by legendary South
African musician, Hugh Masakela.


"To be performing at The Apollo Theater as my first show in America is
crazy, This has been the cultural hub of the black diaspora for decades. I
am honored and excited." Says Tumi. 

Congratulations to one of Africa's finest. #AfricaRising. 

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Stella is the founder of WaAfrikaOnline.  A Pan-African at heart, passionate about Africa, human rights, women empowerment and girl child education. She's also into broadcasting. 
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