Bumi Music

Biography

For those that missed Bumi’s latest performance, you still have a chance to hear her evocative voice and Neo-Blues inspired sounds on her upcoming EP album Feather Pearl, which is available now.

Over the years, she has captivated audiences through her live performances; from London cafes, bars and jazz haunts to the Royal Opera House. Her influences are wide ranging and include Bjork, Yinka Shonibare, Miles Davis, Nina Simone and Sade Adu, all of which have that same potent truth and conviction in their music.

"My musical journey is essentially about transcending boundaries and is an exploration of the relationship between art, experience and emotion. My work also encapsulates my evolution as a woman."

Bumi is a dynamic contemporary African, acoustic Jazz-folk-soul singer songwriter whose style is inspired by her multicultural heritage. To enjoy Bumi's music is to experience a mix of sound that combines jazz, high life rhythms, Afro-beat, reggae and blues melodies, infused with folk and delivered with soul. A sound rich in texture and stimulating lyrics.

Born in Glasgow, and raised between the tranquillity of a Nomadic desert town and the colourful excitement of Lagos in Nigeria; Bumi is now based in London after completing a degree in Fine Art Media & Visual Communication. Her music represents the journey of a modern African creative in the U.K.

Bumi’s says; "My experience in Nigeria as a woman of Yoruba and Igbo heritage living in Hausaland has shaped me. Though I still retain aspects of my British experiences of early childhood; I had a thick Glaswegian accent when we moved to Kano and still retain the Scottish attitude about being less uptight about life."

As a singer/songwriter, Bumi is inspired by the journey of life, the emotional of the human experience and the opportunity to drive positive change through art and music.

Were she not a musician, a destiny in the arts would still be on the cards; Bumi is a painter and a freelance photographer, with exhibited works in the Truman Brewery and Cre8 Gallery Bumi continues to strive for her goal of "working with young people and women to help find their voices through the arts" She is a founding member of the F.R.I.D.A project (Female Revolution In Dance and Art) based in London and contributed a series of photographs inspired by the life and legacy of feminist cultural icon Frida Kahlo to the project. In her life as both a photographer and a musician, expressing her own truth, stimulating dialogue and adding experiences of beauty is what is most important to her.

Bumi has shared the stage with Muntu Valdo, Nneka, Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes, Asa, Keziah Jones, Tony Allen, Sona Jorbatheh and Kenny Thomas; building a fan base that's is as diverse as her music.

In 2011, Bumi received the Womatt Best of British (BOB) Award for Best Solo Newcomer and was nominated for two BEFFTA awards "Best Female Act" and "Best Female UK Based Afro-Caribbean Act" in 2012. This year she was Nominated for AMA ‘Best Diaspora Act 2014

Her live performances have been going from strength to strength with outings in 2013 at Saluting the Black President Fela Kuti tribute and the London African Jazz Festival. Bumi also played at the Africa centre summer festival curated by Yinka Shonibare and at the opening of the George Oshodi's Nigerian Monarch Centenary Exhibition. This year has seen her supporting critically acclaimed singer/songwriter Asa at her only UK gig, for her Bed of Stone tour, at London’s Union Chapel.

Bumi was also invited to contribute to the Vibes and Pressure compilation Album by founder Natty, which was released in July 2014.

Writing about one of her performances in Mobo, Liz Amadi says; "The night kicked off with an amazing set from the beautiful Bumi Thomas with her charming oneiric soul and delicate vocals which grabbed the crowd’s attention, and I’m sure that anyone who hadn’t seen this lady before would be an instant fan, as I was."

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Live Performances

2014

  • TEDxEuston Salon 2014 – The British Museum, Great Russell St, London - 21 June 2014
  • ANXIETY Open Mic, Presented by Bumi Tomas, Student Union, SOAS University, Mental Health Awareness Week 2014 - 15 May 2014
  • Afro Pop Live Party- Miami to Lagos, MOMO’s Kemia Bar, London - 28 February 2014
  • Eden Lumiere Cinema, FRENCH PREMIERE BOB MARLEY: THE MAKING OF A LEGEND EDEN THEATRE by Esther Anderson La Ciotat, France - 16 February 2014
  • FORWARD _X takes the Stand- Young people speak out against FGM, Suraya, Pentovile Road, London - 21 February 2014
  • VIBES AND PRESSURE presents NATTY and THE REBELSHIP + BUMI THOMAS -7 February 2014
  • Jazzhole - Opening for NNEKA, 68 Awolowo Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, - January 2014

2013

  • Nigerian Monarchs - Art Exhibition Opening, October 2013
  • Book Slam X - The London African Music Festival 2013, 19 September 2013
  • Afropop Live Presents: Bumi Thomas + Anna Phoebe Live at the Islington. 1 Tolpuddle Street, Angel, London
    - 14th August 2013 (details)
  • Strictly Entertainment Afrobeats Roadshow, Africa Centre Covent Garden - August 3rd 2013
  • Digital Summer Festival 2013, Tech City, Hackney UTC, Hoxton London - July 2013
  • Blue Lotus: Mewe360, Ingenious Media, Golden Square, Piccadilly London - July 2013
  • Vibes and Pressure, Passing Clouds Hackney - June 2013
  • Shonibare Studios, Andrews Road, Hackney - June 2013
  • Saluting the Black President FELA KUTI tribute, 229 Great Portland Street London - May 2013
  • FRIDA: Female Revolution in Dance & Art Cre8 Lifestyle Centre, The Old Baths, 80 Eastway, Hackney Wick - March 2013

2012

  • The Regal Rooms, Distillers Arms, 64 Fulham Palace Rd, London
    October 25th 2012
  • Stratford Circus with the Yoruba Women's Choir
    26th September 2012
  • Special Guest at the 'NATIVE SUN' Album Launch, Bedroom Bar, 62 Rivington Street, Shoreditch
    20th September 2012
  • Deloitte Ignite 2012 Royal Opera House
    1st September 2012
  • London 2012 Festival, 'Lyrix Organix: Relay' Tour (commissioned by the Mayor of London)
    26th August 2012
  • Muzical Mindz presents: Voices in Motion
    The Servant Jazz Quaters (SJQ), Dalston
    18th August 2012
  • Chingford Day Dance Festival, Ridgeway Park, London 2012 Festival - 12th August 2012
  • UK Nigeria Creative Partnership: Hatch Events in association with the British Council - Stratford East Theatre - August 8th 2012
  • Africa Village - Kensington Gardens, London 2012 Festival - 30th July 2012
  • Upstairs at The Ritzy with MUNTU VALDO, Brixton.
    2nd June 2012
  • Muzical Mindz Empowering Church, Hackney.
    (London, May 2012)
  • Tunaweza Festival- International Women's Day 2012 Forward UK (London, March 2012)
  • ROCG-Eirenicon Afria Black Gold in Africa 2012 (London, February 2012)
  • Hackney Attic (London, February 2012)
  • SOAS University Save the Africa Centre Campaign (London, January 2012)

2011

  • Forward UK-Mobilising Young Women
    (London, December 2011)
  • Nominated for two BEFFTA awards "Best Female Act" and "Best Female Uk Based Afro-Caribbean Act"
  • Bumi Has featured on Vox Africa's "Shoot The Messenger" Hosted by Henry Bonsu In 2011
  • Hackney Picturehouse - Film Africa Festival
    (London, November 2011)
  • Womatt Best Of British Award 2011 (Award for Best Solo Newcomer 2011)
  • Open Art Surgery- Sadlers Wells Theatre (London, October 2011)
  • The Bloomsbury Theatre London African Music Festival (Euston, September 2011)
  • The Tabernacle, Artist for East African famine relief in association with UNICEF (London, August 2011)
  • Upstairs @ The Ritzy, Opening for Mambena (London, May 2011)
  • Juju (Chelsea, London Ausgust, 2011)
  • The Tabernacle Mama Africa Wom@tt (Notting Hill, March 2011)
  • The Hoxton Bar and Grill, Opening for Mensa (Shoreditch, London, January 2011)

2010

  • The Africa centre (Covent Garden, November 2010)
  • The Waterside (Fulham, London Nov 2010)
  • The Oxjam Music Festival Upstairs @ the Ritzy (Brixton, London September 2010)
  • CARGO 'That I May See' Art Exhibition (London, August 2010)
  • The Slaughtered Lamb, Opening for Muntu Valdo on the Black Routes tour (Clerkenwell London July 2010)
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum (South Kensington, June 2010)
  • Resonance FM with Raphael Mann Frizz records(London Feb 2010)

2009

  • The Barbican Open Stage (Mariam Makeba tribute concert November 2009)
  • The Millbank (Pimlico London, November 2009)
  • Momo's Kemar Bar (Piccadilly London, September 2009)
  • Spiral Lounge (Camden, London, June 2009)
  • The Proud galleries (Camden, opening for the London Afro-beat Collective, August 2009)

Gallery

  • Crushed Velvet: Photography by Richard Barr
  • Antique: Photography by Karl Lake
  • Retrospective: Photography by Jide Alakija
  • B-Cycle: Photography by Richard Barr
  • Feather Pearl: Photography by Richard Barr
  • Ornate: Photography by Jide Alakija
  • Ethereal: Photography by  Seyi Awolesi
  • Duality: Photography by Richard Barr
  • Blue Orchids: Photography by Tunde Owolabi
  • Autumn Hues: Photography by Jide Alakija
  • Jolly Good Time: Photography by Jide Alakija
  • Blues: Photography by Richard Barr
  • Moisture: Photography by Richard Barr

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