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Juma Tutu Factfile


Juma
was born in a family of six in Majengo, Mombasa in 1979.

His father Abdallah Hatibu used to play the lead guitar with the legendary Simba wa Nyika at Saba Saba Club in Mombasa. Mother Christine Mungala used to sing in the church choir.
His illustrious younger sister, Nyota Ndogo has carved out a niche for herself in the Kenya music scene. Another sister Lela is now getting a lot of airplay at the Kenyan coast with her hit single Nikimuona Yeye.
Juma was a finalist of the Spotlight on Kenyan Music 2005 competition with his hit song 'Sukari'.


BANDS

Generations Band (1999-2000)
Bango Sounds (2000-2001)
Uyoga (2001-2003)

The Tutu Band 2003 to 2011
Swahili Jazz Band 2011 to date


INSPIRATION

Manu Dibango, Hugh Masekela, Youssou N'dour and Miriam Makeba. He credits the late Fela Kuti and Mzee Joseph Ngala as those who have greatly influenced him on the sax. Internationally he has a healthy respect for John Coltrane and Joshua Redman and he is awed by their tenor sax music arrangement.


CURRENT MEMBERS OF THE SWAHILI JAZZ BAND

  1. Max Ngala (keyboard)
  2. Ted Mwangi (bass guitar)
  3. Tatu Abdalla (lead vocals)
  4. Emmanuel Olabode (trumpet & percussions)
  5. Juma Tutu (saxophone)