Michael Bundi, 27, and his son Fayez Bundi are TikTok sensations, known for their videos of singing together. Their content has amassed a following of over 1.5 million people on the platform. In March, Bundi shared a video of him and his son singing Inner Circle’s “Tenement Yard” on Facebook, with no specific goal in mind. However, the video quickly went viral and attracted over 200,000 views in just a few hours.
Bundi, who was inspired to pursue music by his father, a music teacher, had previously recorded dozens of songs and was even a nominee for the 2019 Grammy awards. However, despite his efforts, music had not been a successful career path for him. That changed when Bundi noticed his one-year-old son Fayez singing along to a reggae mix he used to play on repeat. He decided to make videos with his son, and their journey to TikTok stardom began.
Despite initially struggling to get even 50 likes on their videos, the duo’s content quickly gained traction and they are now a household name on social media platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok. They go by the name Michael Bundi and their video challenges have been done by thousands of viewers from all around the world.
The sudden rise to fame has brought many changes for the Bundi family. Fayez, who is home-schooled, has received a partial scholarship to study, and Bundi has been able to pay off unpaid bills and partner with brands for advertisements and merchandise. However, they have also had to adjust to being recognized in public and being more cautious in their daily lives.
Before becoming TikTok stars, Bundi spent most of his time writin
g music and selling studio recording equipment online. He had tried to make a career in music for eight years, but with little success. Social media provided a lifeline for him, and he has now found success through his videos with his son. The duo continues to work on their vocals and record at least five songs every Sunday, while also releasing an original song “Survive” this month.
For Bundi, music was not only a source of enjoyment, but also an escape from the struggles he faced in his life. Now, with a huge following and the support of his son, he has found success in the industry and has changed his fortunes for the better.