Condolences have poured in on social media following the surprising announcement of the demise of hip hop artist Itumeleng George Tladi, generally known as Tumi Tladi.
His household confirmed his passing in a press release late on Sunday.
“Recognized by his stage identify Tumi Tladi, he was deeply liked by his household, associates and the leisure trade as a complete.
“Son, brother and uncle, Tumi Tladi (30) sadly handed away within the early hours of this morning (tenth July 2022) in Johannesburg. He leaves behind his dad and mom, 5 siblings, his niece and nephews.
“The Tladi household humbly request privateness throughout [the] interval of grieving and asks that you just please preserve them in your prayers.
“Tladi’s funeral particulars can be confirmed at a later stage.”
The household didn’t reveal the reason for demise.
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Tumi labored with artists equivalent to Nadia Nakai, the late Riky Rick, Moozile and Rouge. His newest single with Nadia, Presidential was launched on 1 July. He’s additionally recognized for his hit Girls in 2020.
The final tweet from Tladi was fairly cryptic: “You solely Actually respect your family members when there’s a countdown, the small issues don’t matter anymore,” he tweeted.
The hip-hop fraternity despatched their condolences to the Tladi household after listening to the unhappy information of his passing. Radio host Tbo Contact tweeted: “Goodbye child. At all times had the best vitality within the room. Joyful we bought to make some music collectively. So gifted. Until subsequent time Tumi Tladi.”
Followers of the artist stated they felt Tumi’s music wasn’t appreciated and that his expertise was ignored by sections of the trade. He was named the MTV Base’s SA’s Hottest MC’s 2021, New Wave checklist.
Earlier this yr the deaths of Riky Rick, DJ Dimplez and DJ Citi Lyts rocked the trade.
* Compiled by Sandisiwe Mbhele