Mkumba Steven (born in 1963) is the only painter in the Tinga Tinga Cooperative who is of Makonde tribe, not of Makua tribe like most of the painters. Makonde people are known for their great wood sculptures made of the black ebony tree. He became apprentice to the late Mzee Salum Mussa “Lumumba” and after three years of apprenticeship he started to paint independently.Mkumba has his own distinctive Tinga Tinga style, but yet not so easy to spot by a layman. Some of his paintings depict violent scenes both in the animal and human "kingdom". One of his paintings was rejected by 2010 Fine Art company which licensed the images to FIFA World Cup 2010 (TM) because it showed the police beating people. Mkumba is definitelly an artist who projects his soul into his art! Currently Mkumba takes care about the economy of Tinga Tinga Cooperative. He participated in Tingatinga exhibitions at the National Museum of Dar es Salaam i 1995 and 1996. His painting of Zebra was selected for HEYE puzzles.

Tinga Tinga the least understood art style in the world? It seems so after being labeled as tourist art or air port art! But look at these three paintings made by Steven Mkumba. You don´t see mass-produced art but you see paintings made as much by colours as by soal! It is Mkumba´s soal who is talking to us, not his desire to get dollars from you into his pocket. Forget about mass produced paintings from Zanzibar - here you have to do with art for which Mkumba was critisized and "corrected" even by FIFA. His painting did not make it to the official FIFA art collection only because it shows a police violence, not because it is mass-produced or air port art. It does not make difference if it is a view of football or savannah - there is always conflict, violence and aggression - as in the other two paintings depicting animals. Why? Haha! We start to discuss about what Tinga Tinga means...