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…


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



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.


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.

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