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Dr Tumi: 5 Fast Facts About The South African Gospel Singer

Every Christian has the ruling belief that working in the Lord’s vine has its perks. Dr Tumi is one of the living proofs of this.

It is even more practical to say that finding one’s footing in life and being in sync with it is the first step of success and indeed greatness.

Dr Tumi is a producer, songwriter, instrumentalist, vocalist and a physician. The talented artiste has the grace to heal from both the spiritual and the medical perspective.

The Star’s The Gathering of the Worshippers album has gone gold in just 7 days. Overwhelmed by the latest achievement, Dr Tumi said this in a humbling statement:

“All glory be to God. I’m in awe and thankful for the love from my fam. At a time when the economy is not doing so well and money is so tight, you continue to invest in what I offer. I appreciate you all. I am humbled. I guess we will hit platinum in the coming few days.”

Tumishang Makweya has become the first local gospel star to fill up the Ticketpro Dome. More so his album has become the second fastest selling CD for the year at music store Musica.

Here’s more about the gifted singer and physician:

Family Background

His real name is Tumishang Makweya. He was born and raised in Seshego, a township outside Polokwane, Limpopo.

Dr Tumi’s father was a priest while his mother was a teacher. With the Christian background and a good voice to go with, Tumi debuted his singing talent during Sunday schools. From that platform, he also learnt how to play the piano.

His father always wanted him to be a doctor. Still he respected and supported his musical talents. As such he bought him his first keyboard at the age of 9.

Tumi says he taught himself how to play the keyboard.

“I just learned to fiddle, and then I figured out a couple of chords, spread that out and started listening to a lot of music and learning. I then started playing at church, lot of training was in church.”

Tumi participated in the 2003 Coca-Cola Popstars competition. He made it to the top 20 but didn’t make it to the finish. However his talent was too striking to be ignored. He was invited back for extra training.

The young man had the privilege of being trained and coached by the likes of Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Caiphus Semenya, Letta Mbuli, Thembi Seete and Blondie Makhene.


Dr Tumi


Dr Tumisang Makweya says his career has the full support of his wife and family. According to him, his wife, Kgaogelo Makweya, who is his manager is the driving force behind his success.

“My family is very involved, my wife is very involved, she’s my manager as well.”

Kgaogelo Makweya is a businesswoman and founder of Ekse Hello, a branding and marketing company. Dr Tumi and Kgaogelo have been married for more than 9 years. Together they have three children- Bokamoso, Onalerona and Khumoetlile.

Medical Career

Tumisang’s “Dr” title was legitimately earned after spending six years studying medicine at Medical University of Southern Africa (Mendusa).

Interestingly, the multi-award winning singer has been attributed with the gift of spiritual healing as experienced by witnesses during his singing ministrations.

“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.”

The medical doctor runs his own private practice, in Mabopane, north of Pretoria.

Gospel Singer

Dr Tumi

Dr Tumi became a recording artiste in 2007. He was part of a music group, Intense. For personal reasons, he had to change his location. Consequently he broke away from the group while carrying out his own solo project.

He is popularly known for his hit album titled Heart of a King. This album earned him the Best RnB Gospel Award at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards in 2012.

The star has shared  the stage with international stars like, 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.

Terrible Dancer; Good At Soccer

It appears that as much as the beat gets to him, Dr Tumi is not the dancer you want to see in action. He took dance classes but still didn’t improve.

“I hear the beat, but it doesn’t get to the feet. I try everything not to dance.” 

Other things Tumi also sucks at are rugby, basketball and swimming. However, Dr Tumi is a good soccer player. He played at the provincial level.


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