James Mtume

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James Mtume
Birth name James Forman
Also known as Mtume
Born 1946
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres R&B, soul, post-disco, funk, quiet storm, smooth soul, hip hop, electro, jazz
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, radio personality, composer, record producer, instrumentalist, musician
Instruments Vocals, percussionist, piano, keyboards, sampler, drums, guitar, bass guitar,
Years active 1961–present
Labels Columbia Records (1972–76), Various (1977–present)
Associated acts Reggie Lucas, Mtume, Phyllis Hyman, Stephanie Mills, Miles Davis, Jimmy Heath, Eddie Henderson, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly

James Forman (born September 27, 1946), better known by his stage name James Mtume, 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.


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As sideman[edit]

With Miles Davis

With Art Farmer

With Jimmy Heath

With Eddie Henderson

with Harold Land

With Azar Lawrence

With The Piano Choir

With Buddy Terry

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