Multifaceted. This best sums up award winning South African gospel artist Dr Tumi (real name Tumišang Makweya). Born and bred in Seshego, Limpopo, Dr Tumi is a spiritual music doctor. There’s more to his title “Dr” than meets the eye. Dr Tumi earned his title after spending six years studying medicine at Medical University of Southern Africa (Mendusa). Dr Tumi, who is a producer, songwriter, instrumentalist and vocalist, is endowed with grace to minister healing from a dual perspective.
He runs a surgery in Mabopane, north of Pretoria providing physical healing but he also ministers healing to the soul through his heavenly inspired songs. Through his music, the erstwhile lead singer of award wining gospel group Intense, touches souls propelling healing as it flows from heaven.
Dr Tumi’s first solo album – Heart of a King garnered him Best RnB Gospel Award at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards in 2012, where he was nominated in four categories. He is emerging as one of South Africa’s most sought after gospel artists with a number of churches and ministries showing massive interest in his gift.
Like many artists, Dr Tumi’s singing kicked off in Sunday school. Church environment gave him a platform to work his skills as a pianist and singer.
Armed with his virtuoso musical abilities, Dr Tumi has also shown over the years his ‘no fear' attitude towards challenges. In 2003 he was involved at the Coca-Cola Popstars and made it to the Top 20 after competing with close to 16 000 participants. Although he didn’t feature on the overall winner’s group, he was called back for extra training as he was one of the most outstanding talents at Popstars. This afforded him an opportunity to receive training and coaching from music greats such as Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Thembi Seete and Blondie Makhene.
Since then his star has risen. In 2008, Dr Tumi, along with Intense, sang at TD Jakes’ MegaFest held at the Nasrec Expo Centre. His musical endeavours saw him share the stage with the likes of Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Israel Houghton, Joyous Celebration, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Benjamin Dube, Vuyo Mokoena, Jabu Hlongwane and other members of the Joyous Celebration.
Dr Tumi, who penned all 16 tracks of his album - Heart of a King, is using his professions - music and medicine to advance lives of the people.
“Music and medicine are rooted on improving people’s lives. However ministering through song has the potential to go even beyond the natural and reach deep inside,” says Dr Tumi.