Bakithi Kumalo & Robbi K

Bakithi Kumalo & Robbi K

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Multiple Award winners Robbi K & Bakithi Kumalo deliver high-energy performances in many languages at festivals, theatres, & schools nationwide. Making music the spiritual connection with their audiences, this duo sends a powerful message of togetherness for people of all races, ages, and abilities.


Music for a Shrinking World

Bakithi Kumalo and Robbi K's concerts are joyous and exhilarating, with a focus on amusing and edifying the entire family, from parents to grandparents, toddlers to teens. Everybody participates with voices, hands, feet and hearts.

A native of Soweto Township outside Johannesburg, South Africa, Bakithi Kumalo's musical career has been characterized by a series of serendipitous events, ranging from his debut gig as a precocious seven-year-old filling in for the bassist in his uncle's band to his enlistment into Paul Simon's group during the recording sessions of the pop star's landmark 'Graceland' album in 1985.Kumalo creates a bass sound that sounds like human voices and the African grooves of his homeland and has garnered him a stellar reputation as a musician. In addition to touring with Paul Simon, he's also recorded and/or toured with the likes of Gloria Estefan, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Eileen Ivers, Grover Washington Jr., Gerald Albright, Miriam Makeba, Josh Groban and Chris Botti.

Robbi K's powerful lyric soprano has graced TV commercials for the likes of Coca Cola, Lincoln Mercury, and GE, while also establishing an active career as a back-up singer for such superstars as Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Daniel Rodriquez, Mary J. Blige, and Harry Belafonte. Robbi is married to Grammy-winning bassist Bakithi Kumalo, and this duo moves easily among the jazz, pop, blues and world music genres. For years, she has been a major force in bringing a sense of the world community to children's musical theater. Robbi sings and speaks English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. In addition she has developed a host of characters that incorporate a variety of accents, dialects and Zulu idioms in into the show.

Together, Robbi and Bakithi have created a new kind of artistic presentation, which successfully combines music, theater, and culture with a worldview that makes a dramatic break from the Eurocentric norm.

Bakithi's latest CD, Transmigration, was released in early 2007. Robbi K has released three children's CDs: Set It Free and Keep the Beat (honored with a Parents' Choice Award), and most recently, Music Makes Me Happy.


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Set List

Keep the Beat!
Iqiha Lendlehla
Feel Da' Beat
The Legend of John Henry
Favourite Things
Ntombi Dance
Got Me Laughing Blues
Dona Nobis Pacem
Brilla Brilla (Twinkle, Twinkle)
Mbube & The Rooster Song
Bassay Down/3 Little Birds/Sunshiny Day
Hava Nagilah
Brilla Brilla
Ehelin Weshelin
Pata Pata
My Funny Valentine
Autumn Leaves
Girl from Ipanema
Cor Covado