born in in Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Bakithi Kumalo 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. 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". Kumalo has toured regularly with Simon since then.
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.
- Step on the Bass Line 1996
- Sanibonani 1998
- Supralingua Mickey Hart and Planet Drum 1998
- In Front of My Eyes 2000
- This Is Me 2005
- Transmigration 2006
- Change 2009
- Mojapelo, Max (18 March 2009). Beyond Memory: Recording the History, Moments and Memories of South African Music, African Minds. URL accessed 1 July 2010.