James Mtume, a trailblazer in the RandB movement and a record producer, died at the age of 76.


James Mtume, a trailblazer in the RandB movement and a record producer, died at the age of 76.

James Forman, better known as James Mtume, has been influenced by the music scene in his neighborhood since he was a child.

James Heath, the son of legendary jazz saxophonist Jimmy Heath, developed an interest in one of its closely related genres: R&B. Over the decades that followed, James rose to prominence with his namesake group, Mtume, performing with some of the biggest stars of the day and releasing a string of hit records of his own.

James, sadly, died on January 28th.

At the age of 76, I will pass away on September 9, 2022.

With that said, what was James’ cause of death, and what other details do we currently know about his death? Continue reading to find out what we know so far.

In the early 1970s, James Mtume was a collaborator with Miles Davis.

No one close to James has revealed the official cause of death as of this writing.

Lisa Lucas, daughter of James’ late close friend and creative partner Reggie Lucas, announced his death to the world.

She also took to Twitter on the day of his death to share her thoughts on his life and the enormous void that his death has left in many people’s hearts.

“It’s heartbreaking.

So much heartache.

Uncle Mtume has earned his rest.

My late father’s accomplice in crime, the co-writer of my life’s (and birth!) songs.

He was an important part of the life of the man who created me, and thus of my own.

Now it’s gone.

In her touching tribute, she wrote, “He will be dearly, eternally missed.”

I’m hoping that Philadelphia will do something special for James Mtume and Bob Saget.

Yesterday, we truly lost two local icons.

James, who was backed by the Mtume group, collaborated with a wide range of the twentieth century’s biggest stars in his genre and related genres in some capacity or another.

Herbie Hancock, Don Cherry, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and others were among the notable names on the list.

James’ work has even been sampled on other well-known tracks, such as his 1983 song “Juicy Fruit,” which was sampled on Notorious BIG’s “Juicy” in 1994.

During this trying time, our thoughts are with James’ friends and family.




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