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Teto Tutuma and The Purple Warriors Band is a musical force that is gently stirring up in Nairobi Kenya. With sounds inspired by the magical spirit of the maasai plains, acoustic riffs blend with soft african percussion, and in fuse with maasai chants they create a sound 'Nation' newspaper once described as having got 'an international appeal'.
From his humble beginnings in a village deep in the heartland of Maasai, Teto Tutuma was lucky to have a musical mother, who inspired him to sing and play music from a very early age. It was not until he moved to Nairobi that his career began. Time spent at the Kenya National Theatre bore fruit when he picked up the guitar.
Teto Tutuma spent years searching his heart to bring forth the style of music which would reflect his uniqueness of coming from one of the deepest and oldest traditional societies in the world, yet at the same time being a contemporary musician in a modern day society of Nairobi.
Teto Tutuma has been criss crossing Kenya going around schools telling inspirational stories sharing the audacity of the human spirit illustrating with his own. He has also shared the stage with some of Kenya’s top artistes including, Suzanna Owiyo ,Abbi, Iddi Achieng’,Chris Adwar, Achieng’ Abura and Makadem to name but a few.
Currently Teto Tutuma and the Purple Warriors band are introducing their definitive sound to different audiences around Kenya. From the shores of Lake Victoria in Budalangi to the beaches of the Indian Ocean in Mombasa, they have gotten mixed reviews to their shows. Recently he released his second album ‘Nosim Ai’.
This is definitely a band for all lovers of contemporary African music.
Teto Tutuma was born a little over twenty years ago to a preacher father and a singing mother. Consequently, this gave him a unique opportunity. He started singing in church at the age of ten.
It was not until he completed high school that he started performing professionally, appearing as the vocalist for a local rap group calling themselves TKK.
Three years later, he left the group, taught himself the guitar and embarked on a solo career. He also changed his style of music, turning to his Maasai culture as the base of his compositions.
In 2005, he auditioned for ‘Spotlight on Kenyan music', an initiative by the Alliance Françoise de Nairobi that promotes Kenyan music of traditional origin. Though he was not selected to be part of the Spotlight compilation album, the audition process and its challenges not only opened up his mind but also boosted his confidence.
In 2006, he again appeared for auditions in the same project, and this time around, Teto was chosen as a finalist on the project. His song ‘Iyie Ake', sung in Maasai, was recorded in the Spotlight on Kenyan Music Vol. 2 CD compilation.
Teto's performance and stage presence was further improved when as part of the Spotlight project, he got to rehearse and perform with Kenya's premier band, ‘Uyoga' (formerly Them Mushrooms) on several occasions.
Teto has been playing in many Alliance Françoise organized shows and has shared the stage with some of Kenya's top artistes including, Suzanna Owiyo ,Abbi, Iddi Achieng',Barbra Guantai, Achieng' Abura and Suzanne Gachukia to name but a few.
Currently Teto Tutuma and the Purple Warriors band are introducing their definitive sound to different audiences around Kenya. From the shores of Victoria in Port Victoria to the beaches of the Indian ocean in Mombasa, they have gotten mixed reviews to their shows.
Watch out for these boys they could be coming to your town soon
BookingEmail: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +254720 227 033Kenya
Best Actor (Nairobi Province National Drama Festivals 2006)
- ... a real gem with international appealPublication: Nation Newspaper
- ...a voice of the savanna come alive!Publication: Abbi Nyinza - Musician
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