James Mtume dead, One of the best musicians, producers, songwriters – cause of death

The R&B Representers wish to say REST IN PEACE to James Mtume! Among the best musicians, producers, songwriters of all time….most of all he was for the CULTURE Go blast a few of his LEGENDARY songs like “You Know Love Me” by Phyllis Hyman!

As our current rapidly transforms into our previous proper earlier than our very eyes, as cultural architects transition and start to relaxation; we will be pleased about 2 issues: 1. Their highly effective blueprints. 2. The historians securing an archive. RIP, James Mtume.

James Forman (born January 3, 1946), higher identified by his stage title James Mtume, is an American jazz and R&B musician, songwriter, file producer, activist, and radio character.

He collaborated with Miles Davis from 1971 to 1975 and gained fame as a jazz musician. Mtume’s R&B band, often known as Mtume, is thought for the 1983 R&B hit “Juicy Fruit”, which has been repeatedly sampled. The Mtume band additionally received the highest 5 R&B with the one “You, Me, and He”.

James Foreman was born and raised in South Philadelphia. He’s the son of jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, however he was raised by James “Hen Gates” Forman, a neighborhood jazz pianist in Philadelphia.

Mtume grew up in a musical atmosphere the place jazz musicians frequented his mother and father’ dwelling.

He discovered to play the piano and percussion; nevertheless, from his early teenagers, he pursued monitor and discipline as a swimmer, successful the primary black mid-Atlantic champion within the backstroke and getting into on a swimming scholarship in 1966 Pasadena Metropolis School.

In 1966, Mtume joined American Group, a black empowerment group based by Hakim Jamal and Maulana Karenga whereas he was a pupil at Pasadena Metropolis School. Mtume’s title means “messenger” in Swahili, and comes from Karunga, who named members of the group to match their character traits. He was a part of the group that celebrated the primary Kwanzaa in 1966. In 1967, he co-edited with Clyde Halisi The Quotable Karenga, referred to as “the most effective expression of Karenga’s thought”. Mtume left the American group in 1969.

Mtume has produced two albums, Kawaida and Alkebulan: Land of the Blacks, which goal to fuse jazz and cultural identification. Kawaida was recorded in December 1969 and was Mtume’s skilled debut. He contributed 4 of the 5 compositions and is credited with naming the album “norm” in Swahili, representing the follow and philosophy of pan-African identification. Performers on the album embrace Don Cherry, Herbie Hancock, Bily Bonner and his uncle Albert Heath.

After coming back from the West Coast, he moved to New York and performed for the primary time as an accompaniment to McCoy Tyner (Asante album), Freddie Hubbard, and Miles Davis, whom he ultimately joined and joined over the subsequent few years.

He and Mtume musician Reggie Lucas received a Grammy for Finest R&B Track for writing and producing R&B artist Stephanie Mills’ prime 10 hit “By no means Knew Love Like This Earlier than,” for which she additionally received a Grammy Rammy Award for Finest Feminine R&B Vocal Efficiency.