South Africa’s “First Lady of Comedy”, Tumi Morake, has taken to social media to announce the news that she is now under new management.
“With growth comes reinvention and new ventures! I’m excited to be a part of the Blu Blood family,” says Tumi.
The comedienne has signed on with talent and event management company, Blu Blood, who will take on the exclusive management of her career. “We are so pleased to welcome Tumi to the family. We have her best interests at heart and we are excited for what the future holds for her,” says Blu Blood’s CEO, Shaaista Osman.
With a career spanning over 10 years and with numerous nominations and awards under her belt, Tumi Morake continues to be a formidable force in the industry – a fact proven by her most recent win of Best Comedian at the 2016 YOU Spectacular Awards. Since beginning her comedy career in smoky clubs in 2006, she has steadily grown into one of SA’s most sought after comedians.
Tumi has managed to keep a firm footing as one of a handful of successful female comedians on the corporate and commercial scene. Her edgy and unpredictable brand of comedy has wowed audiences around the globe. She has shared the stage with the likes of David Kau, Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and Chris Forrest and has earned her place as headliner in comedy festivals such as the Kings & Queens of Comedy. She’s bold, she’s sassy and you simply cannot ignore her! Some highlights of her career include being the first woman to host Comedy Central presents on African soil and ticking off a bucket list item – taking her one-woman show to the famed Edinburgh Festival in Scotland in 2013.
Tumi Morake is a “jane-of-all-trades”. Beyond her comedy, Morake has been the face of major campaigns with Vodacom and Kelloggs. As a producer, her work has been nominated in various categories at the South African Film and Television Awards, which she also hosted in 2013 and 2014. She also hosted the prestigious SAMA Awards (Night 1) in 2012 and 2013.
Morake has also had some critical recognition thrown her way. From being named one of The Free State Province’s Icons, to the Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award. The Tarantino of comedy, Tumi’s crowning glories have been her nominations for coveted Comic of The Year at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Comic’s Choice Awards. She is a recipient of the Mboko Women In The Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013. 2015 saw her nominated in the Glamour Woman Of The Year Awards. She was recently voted You Spectacular Favourite Comedian.
Morake’s continental claim to fame began as the host of The Big Brother Hot Room, a comical round up of Big Brother Africa. She also spent two seasons on the judging panel of etv’s She’s The One. Her star continued to rise as host of the ever trending Our Perfect Wedding for a record 3 seasons after a public demand for her return.
Tumi Morake in true multitasking woman style, has channelled her comedy into writing, acting and producing. She will have her cake and eat it, and even have seconds, because she can.
Blu Blood is run by power couple, Osman and Shaaista Osman, who have combined their expertise, experience and enthusiasm as the two pillars of this lifestyle and management brand. With a select and specialised team, Blu Blood’s personalised service is key and paramount to business success. Blu Blood is known for their professional event management work which includes events for Bollywood Indian Cinema, music industry promotions through South Africa and Africa, facilitated the UNICEF Child Friendly Space at the 2010 FIFA World Cup fan fest sites, been marketing consultants for Childone Johannesburg Centre and have worked on major events with large companies including Nedbank, Telkom, Chats Cellular, Sun International and Peermont.
Blu Blood has crossed paths and collaborated with many renowned artists such as Riaad Moosa, Azhar Usman, Russell Peters, Joey Rasdien, Conrad Koch, Loyiso Gola and Nik Rabinowitz. Their festival and event experience includes Hollywood actor and comedian, Orlando Jones’, Stand Up and Laugh with Orlando, the Broadway production, Mystic India, Riaad Moosa’s Best of and Doctor’s Orders tours, Kings & Queens of Comedy and several others. They have toured with Bollywood sensations Sonu Nigam, Atif Aslam, Shrey Goshal and the international debut show of Arijit Singh.