African Bass Legend.
Born in town called Soweto just outside Johannesburg (South Africa). Still don’t have any ideas who this guy is?
What if I told you that this is a guy who played Bass on “You Can Call Me Al” on Paul Simon landmark album “Graceland” or if I tell you about his fretless sound, double stops that can be heard on records with Chaka Kan, Gloria Estefan, Cyndi Lauper, Harry Belafonte, Randy Brecker, Josh Groban, Mickey Hart, Chris Botti and Herbie Hencock?
Everyone will probably say “aaaaaaaaaaa, you talking about Bakithi Kumalo”.
Bakithi Kumalo created fretless bass sound that teems with double stops that sound like human voice. African melodies and grooves give him a huge reputation.
Bakithi Kumalo is also active as a solo artist. Album “San Bonan” was released in 1998 and album “In Front Of My Eyes” was released in 2000.
With his wife, Robbi K (vocalist), he has recorded three Award winning children’s albums.
On his new CD “Transmigration”, he showed the other side of his playing. He didn’t play African, but instead it is a totally different style with melodies on bass guitar where you can hear wide range of music. And all these melodies are groovy ;o).
Jazz, R&B, funk and acoustic jazz in short is something that you can hear on “Transmigration”.
Like I’ve said, born in Soweto and that’s where his bass playing journey started. From the beginning he has been surrounded by music. His uncle (saxophone player) and his mother (singer) were always in his house rehearsing with the band all day.
Kumalo says “Plus there were bands on every block of my neighbourhood”.
Ladies and Gentlemen, African Bass Legend, BAKITHI KUMALO!
This video interview is provided by Bass Frontier Magazine