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Reader Spotlight: Tunu Jumwa

Tunu Jumwa

Meet Tunu Jumwa, a bassist who got her start four years ago and already has her own signature bass.

Tunu is this week’s No Treble reader in the spotlight. Here’s her story…

Bio:

My name is Tunu Jumwa from Kenya. I am a music enthusiast who loves to play the bass guitar.

Location:

Nairobi

Day gig:

I am a full time musician.

Years experience:

Four years now.

Bands & Gigs:

I play bass for a Kenyan singer called Serro and play with different jazz ensembles in Kenya.

Gear:

I am sponsored by JanAid Guitars. I play a Tunu Jumwa Princess Contrabass 6 signature model.

Why I play the bass:

My dad had bought a bass for my brother a while back, in 2012 maybe. It was a wine-red six-stringed bass – very beautiful. It looked newer compared to the guitar I had at the time, haha. However, my brother thought the neck was too wide, and he preferred the four-stringed bass he already had. At the same time, I was enthralled by a young prodigy called Michael Pipoquinha who was also playing a six-stringed bass. That inspired me to start playing since we had a six-stringed bass that was not being used. I thought it was fate. It could not have been a coincidence.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

I have 20 fingers. Haha, just kidding.

My influences:

Rogers Ziro (my father), Michael Pipoquinha, Victor Wooten, Adam Nitti, Anthony Wellington, Oteil Burbridge, Junior Braguinha, Cacau Santos, Newman Owor. The list goes on and on.

More on the web:

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