This year’s Hifa runs from May 1 to 6.
Although Tumi is also a poet of note, he has made a great amount of fame with hip-hop band The Volume.
At the Hifa show he will be joined by some members of Mozambican band 340ml (based in South Africa), which performed at the festival in 2005 and left lasting impressions.
Tumi recorded the song Trade Winds in 2005 with United States-based rapper, Main Flow and 2006 saw the release of his debut album Music from My Good Eye, through his own label, Motif Records.
His poetry has been published in various countries and his project titled The Tao of Tumi was completed in 2001 and in 2006 he was published in the American Literary Journal titled, Subterranean Quarterly.
In 2002 the Tanzanian-born singer met Tiago and Paulo Chibanga and Dave Bergman who are both members of 340ml.
According to information from Hifa organisers, Johannesburg-based The Volume are musical innovators with a distinct musical accent that embraces blends of Samba, reggae and poetry and speaks to the unique reality of the southern African experience.
They have performed in various places across southern Africa, Europe, North America and Canada at the prominent Montreal Jazz Festival, supporting the Black Soul and Blackalicious.
This collaboration is likely to be one of the biggest events at Hifa 2012.