Thuthukani Chapman Cele was born on the 15th of April in the year 1964. Musician and member of the blessed memory of Lucky Dube.
Thuthukani Chapman Cele was born on the 15th of April in the year 1964 and raised in
Bhobhoyi location in Port Shepstone KZN. Thuthu, a fifth born child in a family of ten
boys, grew up listening to his parents playing their musical instruments at home. His
father loved playing guitar and sing with his brothers and cousins so they inspired the
young Thuthu and for him it was music that became his life. He started singing in a
church choir and musical stage play. Then he decided to leave KZN, his home town, for
Thuthukani Cele was the longest member of Lucky Dube Band. He joined in 1983 Thuthu
aka “tuty fruity” as a keyboard player. He also freelance in the studio for a lot of
musician like Brenda Fassie, Busi Mhlongo, Mzwakhe Mbuli, Thandiswa Mazwai,
Mariano from Italy, Louis Jean from Senegal, also did some work for Maxi Priest as well.
He later became the front man for the band the “Slaves” which later on was known as
“Free at Last” band after the country voted their first president Nelson Mandela in 1994.
Thuthu is a best producer, keyboard player a great song writer and vocalist.
Thuthu, as he is known to his fan, is also a well known producer and multi instrumental
player. He has produced and did a lot of sessions for top selling artist like Bhekumuzi
Luthuli, Madlanduna, Shwi Nomtekhala and many other artists.
While with Lucky Dube he toured all four corners of the world and shared stage with
lots of famous and big international artists like Peter Gabriel, John Halt, Aswad, Beres
Hammond, Shabba Ranks, Garnet Silk, and many more.
After the passing of Lucky Dube in 2007, Thuthu stepped on the leading mic as One
People Band now. They have toured lots of countries worldwide like South America
(2016), Surinam (2016), Papua New Guinea (2014), in the Pacific Islands , New
Caledonia(2012 ,2015, 2018), Vanuatu (2012), Solomon Islands , Botswana (sharing a
stage with UB40 – 2017 November) while in South Africa he won the best reggae award,
Malawi (2017 April), Seychelles (2017 October), and a lot more. One People Band
backed Eddie Grant when he came to South Africa looking for a band to back him when
he was going to perform at Nelson Mandela’s birthday, a concert which happened in
England, and toured New Zealand, Australia on a Ragga muffin tour and South Africa
Johannesburg, Durban, PE and Cape Town.
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Thuthu at the present moment is working on a solo project collaborating with a lot of
upcoming and well known musicians, like Phumi Maduna, Philile aka ”Afrika” Cele ,
aka”General Plago”Sithole , Skipper Shabalala on guitar, Edou, Anslom from Papua New
Guinea, Kimaany from Cameroon and many more from all other parts of Africa like East
Africa, Southern Africa. And now as he releases this beautiful work of art that some call
sweet soul healing reggae music and they say it speaks to the heart and soul of the
young and old.
It’s “Eyes For my Babe”. This album is a combination of Afro, Rocksteady, Dancehall with
a mix languages of Zulu, Tswana, English, and Aboriginal. Oh yes
it’s a combination of languages