Teto Tutuma was born a little over thirty 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(Chagala on soft percussions, Mbaluka on bass and Teto on guitar and lead vox) 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.
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