On McKinney Music, “the best independent music magazine in the UK“, on May 12, 2023, the late singer James Mtume will receive a tribute from his hometown.

James Mtume

Grammy Legend James Mtume Honored In Philly With Street Bearing His Name
James Mtume

A street named after the well-known two-time Grammy winner James Mtume, who is best known for songs like “Juicy Fruit,” will be dedicated in his hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, one year after he passed away in January 2022. On the 1500 block of Wharton Street, the event will take place on Friday, May 12, 2023, from 11 am to 2 pm.

Faulu Mtume to Accept the Honour

The music legend’s son, Faulu Mtume, humbly accepts this honor on behalf of his father’s estate. Faulu Mtume noted that it is beyond words just how great it is, the City of Brotherly Love honoring his father, a native of Philadelphia. James Mtume’s start in music, social activism, and politics was on Wharton Street.

James’s Legacy

James Mtume, who was born and raised in Philadelphia, rose to fame in music by working with jazz greats like Miles Davis in the early 1970s. Mtume collaborated with fellow songwriter and producer Reggie Lucas years later to produce hits for Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway (such as “The Closer I Get To You” and “Back Together Again”), Phyllis Hyman (such as “You Know How To Love Me”), and Stephanie Mills (such as “Never Knew Love Like This Before,” which won a Grammy). Mtume scored the number-one R&B hit “Juicy Fruit” in 1983, with the band bearing his name throughout the 1980s.

He went on to work on soundtracks for movies and television shows, including “Native Son” and “New York Undercover”. Mtume also spent twenty years as the co-host of the New York City-based talk radio series Open Line.

After a battle with cancer, James Mtume passed away on January 9, 2022. He was 75.