Tutu is an ambitious minor jazz label that was founded by Horst Weber, Enja Records and Peter Wiessmueller in 1988. The idea of the label’s name came from the famous album of the same name by Miles Davis and therefore also connected with the South-African freedom fighter, Bishop Desmond Tutu; i.e., consistent with the many years of jazz tradition, Tutu Records also stands for political and cultural freedom in general, and for artistic freedom in particular.
The Tutu issues are primarily in the field of modern jazz and world music. First and foremost, we give young artists and musicians an opportunity to present themselves and at the same time, to unfold their potential for self-expression, or else we offer better known musicians the artistic framework for realizing themselves. Another aspiration of our productions is to make the music come into being as naturally as possible and then document it, i.e., to bring about a “live” ambience that creates and conveys a real relationship with life.
A special kind of accent is the chamber music type of series, the “Art of the Duo”. Artistic success is estimated very highly by us and accordingly, we count on long term musical partnerships, always paying great attention to the world wide availability of our albums.