Robbi 'K' Kumalo

Robbi 'K' Kumalo

BandJazzChildren's Music

Award winner Robbi K’s beautiful voice has graced TV and radio commercials & live music venues nationwide. She sang back-up for superstars Diana Ross, Jewel, Rod Stewart, Mary J Blige, & Aretha Franklin. Robbi sings in many languages and is a PennPAT Artist touring as a storyteller and w/her band.

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Biography

Robbi K's honed her chops performing, recording, & touring with artists Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Arif Mardin, Deepak Chopra, Rod Stewart, Eileen Ivers, and Harry Belafonte among others. TV appearances with these artists include Oprah, 60 Minutes, Rosie, The View, VH-1 Storytellers, The Today Show, and Late Night with David Letterman.

Robbi is a modern American singer that performs stylish contemporary repertoire that appeals to a cross section of people of all ages and backgrounds. Her concerts include classic Jazz standards and popular favorites for adults to high-energy, interactive world music for family audiences. As a storyteller and musician, Robbi is a multiple Parents' Choice Award winner and one of the few African American women to have achieved national recognition in the field of children’s music.

Her passionate love of music and her God-gifted 'joie de vivre' makes for an entertaining show, to say the least. Backed by an eclectic group of dynamic musicians, Robbi K's concerts are guaranteed to connect to everybody in the audience, delivering to the ear music that is the soundtrack of our lives.

Funding Support:
Pennsylvania Performing Artist on Tour (PennPAT), the New Jersey State Council of the Arts (NJSCA) and The Greater Columbus Arts Council (GCAC).

Robbi sings, speaks and performs in:
*English
*Spanish
*French
*German
*Italian
*Zulu
*Portuguese

Affiliations:
SAG, AFTRA, AFM, ASCAP, & NARAS

Discography

Arif Mardin
All My Friends Are Here (NuNoise 2010)
Vocalist, Children's Choir Director

Robbi Kumalo
Music Makes Me Happy (40/Shorty Re:Kids 2007)
Producer, writer, vocals

Robbi Kumalo
Set It Free (BaliDali Records 2000)
Producer, writer, vocals

Robbi Kumalo
Keep The Beat! (BaliDali Records 2003)
Producer, writer, vocals

Deepak Chopra M.D.
Gift of Love, Vol. 2 (2002)
Vocals

Backing vocals
Harry Belafonte
Harry Belafonte & Friends! (1999)
Vocals

Mary J Blige
Live (2001)
Vocals

Diana Ross
Every Day is a New Day (1999)
Vocal contractor, vocals

Eileen Ivers
Crossing the Bridge (1999)
Vocals (bckgr)

Jewel
Joy: A Holiday Collection (Atlantic Records1999)
Choir, Chorus

Bakithi Kumalo
San Bonan (Siam Records1998)
Vocals, lyrics

Bakithi Kumalo
In Front Of My Eyes (Siam Records 2000)
Vocals, co-writer

Between the Lions (PBS theme song)
Vocals

Bronx Zoo Congo Conservancy Film
Vocals

Various Artists
African Playground (Putomayo Kids 2003)
Vocals, (Diop & Kumalo tracks)

Various Artists
African Dreams (Ellipsis Artists)2004
Producer, vocals, arranger 'Lala Mbube'

Anton Fig
Figments (2002)
Vocals

Michael Amante
Christmas CD (2004)

Luisa Payon
Luisa (1999)
Vocals (bckgr)

Vieux Diop
Afrika Wassa (Triloka Records 2000)
Vocals (bckgr)

Daniel Rodriguez
Spirit of America (2002)
Vocal contractor, soprano

Matt Marshak
Preservation (2002)
Vocals

Jack Lictra
Jack's Waterfall (2002)
Vocals

Set List

THE ROBBI KUMALO QUARTET (2 hr show)

Swt GA Brwn Blue Skies
Rte 66 Summertime
Stella By Starlite Favorite Things
Cor Covado Girl From Impanema
Throw It Away Take 5
Got The World On A String Babethandaza
Pata Pata/Lion Sleeps Tonite Keep The Beat
Antigua Love for Tomorrow
John Henry Chopin Mazurka Op.67 No. 2
Beethoven Sonata in C Minor, Op. 13 Adagio Cantibile
Redemption Song Open Windows
His Eye is On The Sparrow Dona Nobis Pacem
I'll Fly Away Wanna Praise You
Natural Woman Sweet Love
Music Is My Friend True Colors
Get Here Killing Me Softly
Ain’t Nobody Please Don't