Bakithi Kumalo

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Bakithi Kumalo (/bɑːɡt kmɑːl/) is a South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper and Paul Simon.[1] Kumalo is most known for his fretless bass playing on Paul Simon's 1986 album Graceland, in particular the bass run on "You Can Call Me Al".[2] Kumalo has toured regularly with Simon since then.[1]

He was born in the Soweto township of Johannesburg surrounded by relatives who loved music and actively performed, and got his first job at the age of 7 filling in for his uncle's bass player.[1][3]



  1. ^ a b c Madora, Ryan. "Bass Players to Know: Bakithi Kumalo". No Treble. No Treble, LLC. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Mojapelo, Max (18 March 2009). Beyond Memory: Recording the History, Moments and Memories of South African Music. African Minds. p. 73. ISBN 978-1-920299-28-6. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Bakithi Kumalo - About". Bakithi Kumalo. BaliDali Productions, Inc. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Bakithi Kumalo - Album Discography". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Stranger to Stranger". concordmusicgroup. 

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