Zimbabwe’s Dumi Right to Open for Masta Ace /People Under the Stairs
On Friday, July 1, Dumi takes to the stage at the famed 9:30 Club in Washington, DC along with headliners People Under the Stairs and Masta Ace.
Dumi RIGHT will be performing a mix of classic tracks as well as brand new and unreleased works. He will be rocking with the backing of DJ RBI a fixture of the DMV hip hop scene for many years, DJ on the long running Ill Street Grooves show on WPFW and longtime DJ instructor at WBL.
Dumi RIGHT was first introduced to audiences during hip hop’s golden age as a member of Zimbabwe Legit, one of the first hip hop groups out of Africa to gain international recognition. In the years since, he has remained immersed in the culture and business of hip-hop, independently releasing a number of noteworthy CD, vinyl and digital album projects and performing all across the country and on the world stage. His work and the group’s influence has been documented in numerous domestic and international publications as well as in academic works of hip-hop history, including Say It Loud! The Story of Rap Music by K. Maurice Jones and The Hip Hop Wars by Tricia Rose.
Dumi’s extensive performance resume includes international locations like Thailand, Zimbabwe, France and Japan and domestically at auspicious venues from the Kennedy Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Smithsonian Institution, The Whitney Museum, Blues Alley as well as at many festivals, parks, community events and numerous clubs and performance spaces all over the map.
At the beginning of 2016, Dumi RIGHT was selected for a residency in Thailand teaching emceeing to youth in underserved communities as part of the Next Level cultural exchange program. Next Level is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the University of North Carolina’s Department of Music that promotes international cultural exchange and conflict resolution through hip-hop music and dance.
You can see a video that captures the key moments of his journey through Suratthani, Koh Samui and Chiang Rai, where he served as the de facto Dean of the pop up “School of Emceeing.”
Dumi is currently working on a new recording project with some high profile guests and prepping a series of releases including a 7″ vinyl single featuring Mr. Lif. He was also most recently featured on the single “Black Radio” on the album Two For One by legendary producer Easy Mo Bee and renowned DJ and MC Emskee.
Expanding his work outside the lines of the traditional music industry, over the years Dumi has organized and coordinated numerous events with international organizations that support youth empowerment through hip hop music, arts and culture. He was a founding member of the VOICES fundraising and awareness series that worked to shine light and raise funds for such international grassroots organizations from countries including South Africa, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda, Bolivia and more.
In 2014 Dumi was tapped to be the host of an international hip hop music video series, Planet Hip Hop, that was created for the Kennedy Center’s One Mic: Hip Hop Worldwide festival. As part of this large scale festival he also was selected to be the host/MC for several global performances including artists from Senegal, Cape Verde, Haiti and Korea among others.
Dumi RIGHT was also one of the creative minds behind a project developed to highlight international hip hop artists through a 3 part mixtape series titled Internationally Known that spotlighted MCs from over 60 nations.
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People Under The Stairs have performed over a thousand sold out shows, festivals and world tours spanning 6 continents and 40 countries. With a pioneering DIY ethic, they have self-produced 9 full-length LPs & countless singles and side projects. The musical sensibility punctuating their unique style of hip-hop has earned them the title “The Steely Dan of Rap Music” as well as consistent critical acclaim and numerous appearances on the Billboard Charts.
Masta Ace is an underground hip-hop veteran and luminary, boasting an impressive rap résumé that includes membership in the legendary Juice Crew and a verse on the classic 1988 posse cut “The Symphony,” He has managed to remain relevant and over the years he has continued to release heralded solo albums as well as group projects with his crew EMC and other rap vets like Ed O.G. His new album the Falling Season was just released and is being hailed as another instant classic like so many of his albums before.