James Mtume Net Worth
James Mtume net worth is an established American musician best known for playing in Jimmy Heath’s band and has also established himself in other genres including R&B, funk, and hip hop music. Mtume was born and raised in Philadelphia by his jazz musician parents, moving to California on an athletic grant for swimming at Pasadena City College during the mid 1960s. While in Los Angeles, he joined Black empowerment group the U.S. Organization established by Maulana Karenga. Additionally, he recorded his early solo albums starting with Alkebu-Lan – Land of the Blacks. He performed with numerous jazz bandleaders such as McCoy Tyner and Freddie Hubbard, recording with Albert “Tootie” Heath on Kawaida album; later joining Miles Davis band as a percussionist from 1971 until 1975 touring Europe as well.
Mtume has written and produced hits for an extensive roster of artists, from R&B singer Stephanie Mills’ 1983 hit Juicy Fruit to Donny Hathaway and Mary J Blige’s Never Knew Love Like This Before with its Grammy award win; as well as having worked with Phyllis Hyman, Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Mary J Blige as well as being featured on movie soundtracks or providing dramatic scores for television programs.
Mtume’s musical style can best be described as fusing jazz’s complexity and color with R&B soulfulness, all the while acknowledging technology’s contributions to music. Mtume also maintains an active activism profile through his WBLS radio show Open Line; where he addresses social issues both nationally and internationally.
Damu and Fa, his children from his previous relationship with Fatimah Mtume, follow in his footsteps as music producers themselves. Mtume himself has written two books.
Mtume lived an accomplished and respected musical life before passing away at age 76 on January 9, 2022 for reasons which remain unknown. His family, fans, and loved ones will miss him greatly. Mtume was an extraordinary musician who will long be remembered by us all. Our prayers go out to his family and friends as we remember this legendary figure – rest in peace, Mtume – we love you! Your music has touched our lives in so many ways and we will always remember your contribution as one of the finest percussionists ever! Thank you for everything, you truly are the greatest percussionist ever!!! We adore you.