Tuma Basa

As the Global Programming Head for Hip Hop at Spotify, Tuma Basa is responsible for all hip hop programming including some of Spotify's most popular playlists including Rap Caviar,Get Turnt and Gold School.

Tuma began his career in hip hop with a four-year stint in BET's Music Programming Department right after college. He then went on to spend ten years at MTV in music programming for channels and franchises such as MTV Jams and Sucker Free. While at MTV, Tuma earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. After MTV, Tuma helped Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs launch REVOLT where he served as Vice President of Music Programming.

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo (then called Zaire) in a family originally from Rwanda, Tuma spent his
childhood in Iowa and moved to Zimbabwe for his entire teen years. Tuma attended the University of Iowa where he reunited with his favorite US college football and basketball teams, The Iowa Hawkeyes.

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