Bakithi Kumalo is a name that you may or may not have really heard. However, he is a bassist that you have certainly heard. Most people will instantly know his forward/backward bass fill on “You Can Call Me Al”, from Paul Simon’s landmark album “Graceland” (to which he contributed to entirely). In addition to that great album, Bakithi’s signature fretless sound, double-stops and all, have been heard on a wide variety of records with Gloria Estefan, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, Randy Brecker, Mickey Hart, Josh Groban, Chris Botti, and Herbie Hancock. Bakithi’s latest solo effort, Transmigration, is a display of a wide variety of styles including some beautiful bass melodies.
In addition, Bakithi will heading out as the bassist on the currently postponed Simon & Garfunkel tour, and will be playing the UBass, made by our friends at Kala. The bass is right up Bakithi’s alley, making it sound as only he can.