Tawatha Agee is unquestionably one of the best R&B singers of all time. She figured as the lead vocalist for the funk/soul group Mtume (em-too-may), founded by percussionist James Mtume
Mtume is best remembered for their 1983 sexy and stimulating mega-hit ‘Juicy Fruit’, which she wrote (see video below). ‘Juicy Fruit’ was a UK top 10 hit and held down the number one R & B spot, in the States, for eight weeks.
Tawatha's rich and soulful vocals can be also heard on landmark albums by Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway, Stephanie Mills, Angela Winbush, Phyllis Hyman, Luther Vandross, B.B & Q., Levert, Kashif, Keni Burke, Aretha Franklin, David Bowie, Celine Dion, R Kelly, Sting and The O'Jays.
Tawatha's only album was 'Welcome to My Dream', which was issued by Epic in 1987 and was produced by James Mtume and band members Ed Moore and James Batton. Disappointingly, this great album wasn’t given the publicity it deserved.
Mtume - Juciy Fruit