mtumeMtume (pronounced “em-tu-may”) was an R&B\funk group from New York.

The original line-up consisted of singer\percussionist\keyboardist James Mtume (born on September 27, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), singer Tawatha Agee, keyboardist Hubert Eaves III (born in St. Paul, Minnesota), guitarist Reggie Lucas (born Reginald Grant Lewis on February 25, 1953), drummer Howard King and bassist Basil Fearington.

During the beginning of their career, they recorded three albums on the independent record label Third Street Records, but after being unable to find success, they signed to Epic Records in 1978.
kiss this world goodbyeIn November of 1978, Mtume released their debut album “Kiss This World Goodbye.” It’s unknown how or if the album made the charts at all.
just funninThe only single released from the album was “Just Funnin'” which peaked at #93 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.
in search of rainbow seekersIn 1980, they released their second album “In Search of the Rainbow Seekers” which peaked at #119 on the Billboard 200 chart and #30 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
give it on upThe lead single from the album “Give It On Up (If You Want To),” peaked at #26 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 12 weeks) and #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.
so you wanna be a starThe follow-up single “So You Wanna Be a Star” peaked at #60 on Billboard’s Hot Soul Singles chart (staying on the chart for 10 weeks) and #52 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

By 1982, Mtume consisted of James Mtume, Tawatha Agee, bassist Raymond Jackson, keyboardist Philip Field, guitarist Ed “Tree” Moore and drummer Leslie Ming.
juicy fruit albumDuring that same year, they released their third album “Juicy Fruit” which peaked at #26 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
juicy fruit singleThe title song became Mtume’s biggest hit to date, peaking at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard’s Black Singles chart for 8 weeks. It also peaked at #30 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart.

The song has been sampled by various artists such as the Notorious B.I.G., Wreckx-in-Effect, Jennifer Lopez, R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole and Tamar Braxton. It was also certified Gold by the RIAA.
fool aroundThe follow-up single “Would You Like To (Fool Around)” peaked at #11 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 17 weeks.
green lightThe last single from the album “Green Light” peaked at #66 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 6 weeks.
you me heIn 1984, Mtume released their fourth album “You, Me and He” which peaked at #77 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
you me he singleThe title song peaked at #83 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard’s Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 22 weeks.
c.o.d.The follow-up single “C.O.D. (I’ll Deliver)” peaked at #20 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
theater of the mindIn 1986, the group released their last album “Theater of the Mind” which peaked at #135 on the Billboard 200 and #23 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart.
breathlessThe first single from the album “Breathless” peaked at #9 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart and the remixed version of the song peaked at #13 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
p.o.p.The second single “P.O.P. (Pursuits of Pleasure) Generation” peaked at #39 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
body soulThe last single from the album “Body and Soul (Take Me)” peaked at #71 on Billboard’s Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 5 weeks.

After that, Mtume disbanded. Tawatha Agee went on to pursue a solo career and scored a few moderate hits on the R&B chart. These days, she is now a background singer.

James Mtume has written songs for various artists such as Roberta Flack, Teddy Pendergrass, Mary J. Blige, Phyllis Hyman and Stephanie Mills. He and Reggie Lucas won a Grammy Award for “Best R&B Song” for writing & producing Stephanie’s 1980 hit song “Never Knew Love Like This Before.”

Reggie Lucas helped produce Madonna’s debut album and also produced music for artists such as Roy Ayers, the Four Tops, the Bar-Kays, Rebbie Jackson and Elisa Fiorillo. He also composed the music & theme song to the FOX network television series “New York Undercover.”

Hubert Eaves III has appeared as a performer, producer & songwriter on various artists’ albums such as Cheryl Lynn, Constina, Stephanie Mills, The Spinners, Jocelyn Brown, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston & Luther Vandross.

It’s unknown what the other members of Mtume are up to these days.

To see a fan-made video for “Just Funnin’,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Give It On Up (If You Want To),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “So You Wanna Be a Star,” go to:

To see the music video for “Juicy Fruit,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Would You Like To (Fool Around),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Green Light,” go to:

To see the music video for “You, Me and He,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “C.O.D. (I’ll Deliver),” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Breathless,” go to:

To see the music video for “P.O.P. (Pursuits of Pleasure) Generation,” go to:

To see a fan-made video for “Body & Soul (Take Me),” go to:

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