5 Minutes with Dr Tumi

By Mpho Tshikhudo
30 November 2016

Dr Tumi talks about his historical sweep at the SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards, singing to his wife - and what’s next

The popular gospel star has had a great showing at almost all the award ceremonies this year

A medical doctor by day, Dr Tumi even turned out an album, Love and Grace, that got the worship community singing his praises.

He capped it all with an historic nine nominations at the 9th SABC Crown Gospel Music Awards.

Shortly after his six wins, including Best Gospel Artist and Best Gospel Album, we got to chat to him.

You’ve already had a good showing at the Ingomas and Mzansi Christian Awards, but did you see the nine Crown Gospel Awards nominations coming?

It came at the right time, but we were hoping to get even more. Every category we were nominated for we believed we met the requirements – but we were truly humbled to be nominated for all nine awards.

How have the awards changed your life?

I’m grateful for the recognition of the hard work that we’ve put in. I believe winning these awards is encouraging because people can see what you are doing.

Did you prepare an acceptance speech? 

No, I decided I’d speak from my heart.

That being said, who do you make a point of thanking when you do win? 

My whole family. My whole family pulls through for me.

The plan is to call as many names as possible.

Did the success of Love and Grace shock you? 

No, I wasn’t really shocked. We put a lot of work into the project and our expectation was always that it would do really well.

Considering that the album speaks about God’s love and grace, it had to be seen in action.

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