Thuthukani Chapman Cele

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 brother 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 JHB.

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 ” 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 is well known for producing music with various successful artists in the music industry.