A late-night meetup at a taco shop, a looming sense that things aren’t quite right politically, and a growing fascination with Fela Kuti laid the foundation that magnetized 9 Tulsa musicians into the musical machine that is Count Tutu. Celebrating the diversity of it’s members and modern culture, the band infuses world rhythms, horn melodies, and vocal textures with meaningful messages about mass-incarceration, police violence, climate change, and the breakdown of communication in a politically charged internet-culture. Count Tutu uses their music to spearhead donation drives and campaigns for social change amongst their fans and are currently pushing for criminal justice reform with The Bail Project and their first single Slammer Song.
Branjae – Vocals
Nathan Wright – Vocals, Guitar
Michael Bremo – Drums
Ricky Gonzalez – Percussion, Keys
Jordan Hehl – Bass
Tommy Poole – Tenor Saxophone
Matt Leland – Trombone
Austin Stunkard – Trumpet
Mike Cameron – Baritone Saxophone
Count Tutu has been featured in many prestigious venues and festivals both locally and not-so-locally, with their latest highlight performance being at the Casibari Jazz Fest in Aruba last summer. The band released their first single “Slammer Song” on streaming platforms earlier this year and hopes to release their first album soon.