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Juno Lewis: 1932-2002
Juno Lewis
Drums, instrument maker

Born: 1932 in New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: April 9, 2002 in Inglewood, California

Juno Lewis, writer of Kulu Se Mama

Copyright © 2002 


Julian Bertrand Lewis, known as Juno, was a drummer, visual artist and maker of unusual musical instruments, including a trumpet with double bells. He was best known for writing 'Kulu Se Mama', famously recorded by John Coltrane in 1965. Lewis sang and played both conch shells and some of his own percussion instruments on the recording. In later years he was regarded as something of a mentor to young musicians and artists in Los Angeles, where he spent most of his adult life.

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