Bakithi Kumalo


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.

Source: Accessed 22nd March 2013


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

Source: Accessed 22nd March 2013