Bakithi Kumalo

Bakithi Kumalo

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Multiple Grammy winner Bakithi Kumalo's worked w/Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Masekela, Josh Groban, Chaka Khan & more. Thought of as one of the world's most talented bassists, BK's lecture/concerts possess a unique musical style reflecting influences of world, folk, jazz, salsa & electronica music.

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Biography

Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, Bakithi Kumalo is a Grammy Award-winning bassist, composer, and vocalist who has collaborated with Paul Simon, Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, Herbie Hancock, Hugh Masekela, Josh Groban, Bob James, Randy Brecker, Chaka Khan, and many others. Thought of by many as one of the most talented living bassists, Kumalo possesses a unique musical style reflecting influences from around the world, including South African traditional folk, contemporary jazz, salsa, and electronica.

The noted South African multi-instrumentalist first came to the attention of the American public in 1986, following the release of Paul Simon's epochal "Graceland" album, where his precise and sinuous bass lines thundered out a death-knell for apartheid and made critics around the world sit up and take notice.

Bakithi grew up in Johannesburg's notorious yet celebrated Soweto Township. He began filling in for his uncle's bass player as a small child, embarking on an 18-month tour of Zululand at age 10. Upon his return to Soweto, the young prodigy began to accumulate studio gigs but record companies were exploitative and money was tight. Despite these obstacles, Bakithi had achieved a major rep by 1985, when Paul Simon came calling. It was decided that "Graceland" should be completed in New York and today Bakithi lives in the USA and maintains a busy schedule scoring TV shows like LIFE IS WILD (WB) and singing TV jingles.

Aside from his ongoing relationship with Simon, he has recorded and/or toured with Gloria Estefan, Jonathan Butler, Chris Botti, Ruben Rada, Harry Belefonte, Paul Winters, Miriam Makeba, Eileen Ivers, Grover Washington Jr., Vieux Diop, Laurie Anderson, Angelique Kidjo, Jon Secada, Samite, Mickey Hart, and Brazil's Chico Caesar. Kumalo has kept active as a solo artist, with three fine albums to his credit (2007's ‘Transmigration', 2000's 'In Front of My Eyes', 1998's 'San' Bonan'), as well as three Awards winning children's albums recorded with his wife, vocalist Robbi K. He releases his much-anticipated 6th solo recording, Changes, on November 18th, 2008.

BAKITHI'S AVAILABLE FOR BLOCK BOOKED COLLEGES, PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS, JAZZ FESTIVALS, PRIVATE PARTIES, CORPORATE EVENTS, RECORDING, SCORING, TV/RADIO JINGLES, AND SESSION WORK.

“The album’s focal points include infectious vocal melodies (handled by Kumalo, his wife, Robbi and others), kaleidoscopic rhythms, and killer, percussion-driven grooves. It’s all held together by Kumalo’s articulate bass playing, which anchors the sometimes complex compositions and frequently pops with authority”
—Jim Ferguson -- Jazz Times Magazine

“Bakithi Kumalo, my bass player in Bembe Orisha, (Planet Drum) - is a monster player!”
—Mickey Hart – www.mickeyhart.net

Lyrics

This is Me

Written By: Bakithi Kumalo

(Instrumental)

Makhaya

Written By: Bakithi Kumalo

makhaya makhaya wemfowethu

Discography

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Bakithi Kumalo (2009)
Change
(upcoming solo album)

Bakithi Kumalo
Transmigration (2006)
Bass, vocals, co-producer

Bakithi Kumalo
In Front of My Eyes (2000)
Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Producer, Liner Notes

San Bonan (1998)
Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Producer, Liner Notes

Robbi Kumalo
Set it Free (2000)
Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Co - Producer

Robbi Kumalo
Keep The Beat! (2003)
Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Vocals, Co - Producer

Cyndi Lauper
Night to Remember (1989)
Guitar (Bass)

Cyndi Lauper
Hat Full of Stars (1992)
Bass

Cyndi Lauper
She's So Unusual/True Colors/Hat... (1997)
Bass

Miriam Makeba
Eyes on Tomorrow (1991)
Bass

Ratau Mike Makhalemele
Very Best of Ratau Mike... (2003)
Bass

Felicia Marion
Compassion (1999)
Bass

Hugh Masekela
Uptownship (1988)
Guitar (Bass)

Hugh Masekela
Beatin' Aroun De Bush (1992)
Guitar (Bass), Vocals (bckgr)

Hugh Masekela
Hope (1993)
Bass, Vocals

Hugh Masekela
Best of Hugh Masekela on Novus (1999)
Bass, Vocals (bckgr)

Pat McGuire
Love Songs for Astronauts (2000)
Guitar (Bass)

McCoy Mrubata
Jive Jazz Collection, Vol. 2:... (1989)
Bass

Danny Paradise
River of the Soul (2000)
Fretless Bass

Barney Rachabane
Jive Jazz Collection, Vol. 1:... (1989)
Bass

Ruben Rada
Montevideo (1997)
Bass

Ruben Rada
Montevideo Dos (2001)
Bass

Samite
Silina Musango (1996)
Guitar (Bass)

Samite
Stars to Share (1999)
Bass

Samite
Tunula Eno (2003)
Bass

Paul Simon
Graceland (1986)
Bass

Paul Simon
Negotiations and Love Songs 1971... (1988)
Bass

Paul Simon
Rhythm of the Saints (1990)
Bass

Paul Simon
1964-1993 (1993)
Bass

Mickey Hart & Planet Drum
Supralingua (1998)
Bass (Electric), Drums, Vocals, Drums (Steel), Shekere, Wood Block

Mickey Hart
Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge (2002)
Bass (Electric)

David Hewitt
African Tapestry (1991)
Bass

Mel Holder
Now & Forever (1999)
Bass

Eileen Ivers
Crossing the Bridge (1999)
Bass, Fretless Bass

Eileen Ivers
Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (2003)
Bass, Arranger, Vocals (bckgr)

Sharon Katz & the Peace...
Imbizo (2002)
Bass

Angélique Kidjo
Oremi (1998)
Bass

Paul Simon
Songs From the Capeman (1997)
Bass

Paul Simon
Greatest Hits: Shining Like a... (2000)
Bass

Paul Simon
You're the One (2000)
Bass

Grover Washington, Jr.
Soulful Strut (1996)
Vocals

Paul Winter
Celtic Solstice (1999)
Bass

Original Soundtrack
People (1995)
Bass

Original Soundtrack
Caught (1996)
Bass

Various Artists
RCA Victor 80th Anniversary (1997)
Bass, Guitar

Various Artists
Summer Solstice, Vol. 2 (1998)
Fretless Bass

Various Artists
Music for the New Millennium (2000)
Bass, Vocals, Vocals (bckgr), Fretless Bass

Jay Beckenstein
Eye Contact

Mickey Hart
Best of Mickey Hart: Over the Edge

Mickey Hart & Planet Drum
Supralingua

Hugh Masekela
Beatin' Around De Bush

Hugh Masekela
Best of Hugh Masekela on Novus

Barney Rachabane
Jive Jazz Collection, Vol. 1: Barney's

Various Artists
Music for the New Millennium

Laurie Anderson
Strange Angels (1989)
Bass, Fretless Bass

Laurie Anderson
Talk Normal: The Laurie Anderson... (2000)
Fretless Bass

Joan Baez
No Woman No Cry (1989)
Bass

Jay Beckenstein
Eye Contact (2000)
Chant

Tony Bird
Sorry Africa (1990)
Bass

Chris Botti
Midnight Without You (1997)
Bass

Chris Botti
Very Best of Chris Botti (2002)
Bass

Randy Brecker
Into the Sun (1995)
Bass, Fretless Bass

Edie Brickell
Picture Perfect Morning (1994)
Bass

Edie Brickell
Ultimate Collection (2002)
Bass

Hiram Bullock
Carrasco (1997)
Bass

John Capek & the Family of
Indaba (1991)
Bass

Chico César
Chico César (2000)
Bass

Armsted Christian
Wave Is Coming (1999)
Bass

Bam Crawford's Purpose
Book of Life (2000)
Guitar

Vieux Diop
Afrika Wassa (2000)
Bass

Gloria Estefan
Destiny (1996)
Bass

Gloria Estefan
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 (2001)
Bass

Mike Faure
Voice of the Wind (1995)
Bass

Freddy Gardner
Japanese Sandman (2000)
Bass

Herbie Hancock
Gershwin's World (1998)
Bass

Herbie Hancock
Gershwin's World [Japan] (1998)
Bass, Guitar

Set List

BAKITHI CAN APPEAR AS A SOLO ARTIST WITH TRACKS, AS WELL AS A DUO (FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES) TRIO, QUARTET, QUINTET, OR SEXTET.

ENSEMBLE CONCERTS:
Iqiha (The Click Song)
Sangoma
Stimela Sami
Change
Favourite Things
Ntombi Dance
Makhaya
Pata Pata
Black Beans Blues
Ulwandle
Song for my Father
Spain
Dark Streets of Soweto
How Low Jam

LECTURE/CONCERTS
Set it Free: A Journey Through Apartheid

This lecture/concert features international recording artist Bakithi Kumalo, best known for his indelible contributions on Paul Simon's Graceland album. He recounts his life in the townships of Johannesburg, and tells how music has shaped his path. Since age 7, Bakithi found that music had a way of bringing people together regardless of race, culture or beliefs.

Set It Free: A Journey Through apartheid gives insight to understanding the delicate balance of life in South Africa. In America, we are bombarded by images of Africa as a place of conflict and deprivation with little