Tumani Onabiyi: Photographer


Q#1: Are you a Bay Area Native? and if not, how long have you lived in the Bay? Tumani: Yes, Oakland, California from the age of 6 months.

Q#2: When did you start on the creative path you are currently on? Tumani: Started as a child learning how to make things and they were good enough to sell at age 7.

Q#3: Where do you find your inspiration? Tumani: Then black consciousness movement was the beginning of the photographic path that then extended into video. Then Festac 77 and the motherland consciousness brought us into the folkloric arts and the drums. The AfroCentric movement in the 1980’s put the academic and philosophic foundation to another level where upon we began to use folkloric traditions for contemporary purpose in our community. This became healing. And so it goes on and is everywhere.

Q#4: What was the first piece of vinyl you ever purchased? Tumani: James Brown Live At the Apollo, Vol 2, ..2 record set LP.

Q#5: Anything else you’d like to share? a joke/quote?

Tumani:  “Learning is the light that leads to everything lovely.”



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