South African bass virtuoso, BAKITHI KUMALO, will bring his innovative brand of township-inspired jazz, funk and pop to THE CUTTING ROOM, one of Manhattan¹s most happening clubs, on October 7th, 2005. He and his hand-picked ensemble (Bakithi Kumalo bass and lead vocals, Robbi Kumalo, vocals, Bill Smith, keyboards, David Bravo, keyboards, and Wayne Dunton, drums) will play a double-length set with no intermission, beginning at 10:30 PM.
Bakithi was born in Johannesburg and first came to the attention of the American public following the release of Paul Simon's epochal "Graceland" album. His precise and sinuous bass lines thundered out a death-knell for apartheid and made critics around the world sit up and take notice. Since then, aside from his ongoing relationship with Simon, he has recorded and/or toured with Cyndi Lauper, Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Harry Belefonte, Paul Winter, Miriam Makeba, Eileen Ivers, Grover Washington Jr., Vieux Diop, Laurie Anderson, Angelique Kidjo, Jon Secada, Hugh Masekela, Chaka Khan, Samite, Mickey Hart, and Chico Caesar. The Grammy-Award-winning multi-instrumentalist, composer and singer also has two solo albums to his credit, San' Bonan and In Front Of My Eyes, plus a career retrospective, This Is Me. Today, he is universally recognized as one of the greatest living bassists and celebrated for his unique synthesis of the Zulu-based folkloric traditions he grew up with in Soweto plus contemporary jazz, electronica, salsa and selected Caribbean influences.