James Mtume

born in 1947 in Philadelphia, PA, United States

Alias James Forman

James Mtume

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James Mtume

James Forman, better known by his stage name James Mtume (born September 27, 1946) is an American Grammy Award winning R&B musician, songwriter and radio personality. He came to prominence working with Miles Davis between 1971 and 1975. Mtume's group, also called Mtume, is perhaps best known for the 1983 R&B hit song "Juicy Fruit", which has been much sampled. Mtume the band also had a Top Five R&B hit with the single "You, Me, and He". He and Mtume band member, fellow musician Reggie Lucas both won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Song for writing and producing fellow R&B artist Stephanie Mills' top-ten hit, "Never Knew Love Like This Before", for which she also won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

Mtume is the son of jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, and the father of Damu Mtume and Fa Mtume, both music producers. He has also worked as a session musician with Players Association, and has done on-air radio personality work at New York's KISS 98.7 FM. As a songwriter, Mtume has written hits for various artists such as Phyllis Hyman, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Stephanie Mills, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, Teddy Pendergrass, Inner City, as well as being lead songwriter for his own band Mtume.

Discography

As leader

  • Alkebu-Lan: Land of The Blacks (1972, Strata-East Records) - with Mtume Umoja Ensemble
  • Rebirth Cycle (1977) - with Mtume
  • Kiss This World Goodbye (1978) - with Mtume
  • In Search of the Rainbow Seekers (1980) - with Mtume
  • Juicy Fruit (1983)- with Mtume
  • You, Me and He (1984)- with Mtume
  • You are my Sunshine (1984) - with Mtume
  • Theater of the Mind (1986) - with Mtume

As sideman

With Miles Davis

  • On the Corner (Columbia, 1972)
  • In Concert: Live at Philharmonic Hall (Columbia, 1973)
  • Big Fun (Columbia, 1974)
  • Get Up with It (Columbia, 1974)
  • Dark Magus (Columbia, 1974)
  • Agharta (Columbia, 1975)
  • Pangaea (Columbia, 1975)

With Jimmy Heath

  • The Gap Sealer (Muse, 1973)
  • The Time and the Place (Landmark, 1974 [1994])

With Eddie Henderson

With Azar Lawrence

  • Bridge into the New Age (Prestige, 1974)

External links

  • James Mtume at All Music Guide
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