Bakithi Kumalo

Bakithi Kumalo (/bɑːɡt kmɑːl/) is a South African bassist, composer, and vocalist, who has worked with a wide variety of 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”. 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 seven filling in for his uncle’s bass player.[1][3]


  • 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)
  • Stranger to Stranger (2016)
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