You've Found Me!
Welcome to my 'under-construction' website! I'm in the process of revamping my site, page by page. I wanna best represent where I'm at these days, especially artistically. I'm blessed to still sing, write, dream, and play the piano more than ever; I'm certainly another year older & luckily wiser.
Soooo, what's next?!!?
I dunno! I really have no idea besides the upcoming dates that are on my calendar. Can't wait to live out God's plan for my life; so far so great. I'm excited about life!
I've been riding a smooth wave in the music business for most of my career. I've sang & recorded with legendary artists like Aretha Franklin, Eileen Ivers, Arif Mardin, Diana Ross, Jimmy Owens, Ashford & Simpson, Edie Brickell, Chieli Minucci, Gino Sitson, Bakithi Kumalo, John Hiatt, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige, and Harry Belafonte among many other amazing musicians. Some of these folks are even on my CD's!
I'm a proud 20+ year member of the SAG-AFTRA Union. This year, I was invited to sit on the Performer's With Disability & Diversity committees! Very cool to represent the underrepresented.
I've been doing a bunch of background work in films and TV like Orange is The New Black, Breaking Brooklyn, and Trouble. Over the years, I've sung on few TV & radio commercial still I audition for theatre jobs as an Actor's Equity member 'cause I'm madly in love with my gifts. I ask God daily to let me use them to my best ability.
You should know that I started performing for young audiences in 1981. It's something I've been blessed to do for a while now. Over these years, I've created and produced joyous & exhilarating assembly programs for school aged children.
I'm currently touring Argentina & Uruguay telling stories and singing songs to students studying English!
I create original 'works of art' for students all over the country and internationally.
This October, I return (For the fourth time) to the beautiful Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida to perform my dearest show, Songs Of Freedom. It's an interactive main stage concert that combines music, spoken word, history, and a slideshow to understand an aspect of American's relationship with freedom. Besides 8 shows for young people, I'm also working with classroom teachers on Saturday Oct 9th.
You see, as an artist, I wear many hats! I'm all about Creative Classroom Collaboration as a Teaching Artist. 40 years ago when I was a kid, there was more time for learning & play within the classroom. ALL kindergarten teachers played piano AND had a piano in their classroom! That's what I remember! In 2016, I still see schools failing to serve students because of funding challenges; or they just have a narrow focus on supporting tested subjects. How can we grow children into a 21st Century world citizens if their main motivation in school is cramming data into their heads to pass a state tests? Or after school have their faces buried in a screen all by themselves? Technology, new cultural trends, and educational advances are necessitating a change in education.
I'm excited to work in the classroom again this fall with Suffolk BOCES, NJPAC, & The Tilles Center.
In my shows for young audiences I meld music, movement & drama & curriculum with artistic goals.
Create. Perform/Present/Produce. Respond. Connect.
The artistic process is anchored in core curriculum. This is what I do: I'm a (C3) SQUARED Teaching artist. I'd love to spend a week in your school creatively collaborating.
Over the winter I auditioned for and was selected out a lot of talented singers, including some of the finest MET Opera singers, to work with Artistic Director Joule L'Adara and her Guided Imagery Opera Company - an innovative vocal ensemble based on her Sounding Circles methodology. The ensemble work is very intense & encourages me to take my singing to a deeper realm of authenticity. You have to come to a Sound Soak!
So much is going on, I tell ya! NYC is kicking my butt w/love & a sense of humor while Seattle calls my name. I'm playing at my favorite NYC venue Bar 9, Wed July 13th, performing a few summer young peoples concerts, and lots of practice time preparing new material for some future gigs overseas. MS is still very kind to me, my writing is slowing happening towards the book... still....and oh yeah, my recordings of originals & cover tunes are avail.
Add Your Email to my network so I can keep you posted on my endeavors. 'Til we meet again..Love Love Love in the mind & heart.
Performing professionally since: 1985
Touring since: 1999
Robbi Kumalo Ensemble (vocals/piano, bass, & drums);
Robbi K & Friends (vocals/piano, bass, & drums/percussion);
Storytelling (vocals & percussion or Friends)
Public Speaking and Professional Development
Artist in Residence
$$$ - $$$$$, plus back line, travel cost, accommodations, meals
Grades 1 - 5, 6-8, and 9 - 12
Booking up to 18 months in advance
CARNEGIE HALL, NY
STEPHEN TALKHOUSE, NY
CITY PARKS FOUNDATION, NYC
JOY OF JAZZ FESTIVAL, JOHANNESBURG, SA
NORTHEAST ARTS NETWORK, MT
MUSIKFEST CAFE, PA
THE 92Y TRIBECA, NYC
THE KRAVIS CENTER, FL
VAN WEZEL PERFORMING ARTS HALL, FL
WORLD CAFE LIVE, PA
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, PA
LONG ISLAND CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, NY
BERKS JAZZ FEST, PA
MESA PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, AZ
HUDSON OPERA HOUSE, NY
MAHAFFEY THEATRE, FL
PLANET ARLINGTON WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, VA
JOE'S PUB, NYC
PHILADELPHIA INT'L CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL, PA
HARMONY ON THE HUDSON, NYC
FAIRFIELD ARTS COUNCIL, OH
SPRINGFIELD ARTS COUNCIL, OH
HUNTINGTON ARTS COUNCIL TULIP FESTIVAL, NY
KINDIEFEST 2007, 2013, NYC
BRANDYWINE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS, DE
DEER HEAD INN, PA
BROOKLYN ACADEMY OF MUSIC (BAM), NY
CRAYOLA FACTORY, PA
ALLENTOWN SYMPHONY HALL, PA
RIVER MELTDOWN FAMILY FESTIVAL, MA
BROOKLYN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, NY
WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS, MO
CAYAHOGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE, OH
MANHATTAN CHILDREN’S MUSEUM, NYC
BERGAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, NJ
PARRISH ART MUSEUM, NY
FLORENCE MARION UNIVERSITY PAC, SC
YONKERS-HUDSON RIVERFEST, NY
MADISON SQUARE PARK CONSERVANCY, NYC
NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE, NY
REAL ARTWAYS, CT
BROOKLYN MUSEUM OF ART, NY
THE STATE THEATER, NJ
DUTCHESS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, NY
STAMFORD CENTER - RICH FORUM, CT
WHITNEY MUSEUM, NYC
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, PA
LONG ISLAND CHILDREN'S MUSEUM, NY
GODFREY DANIELS, PA
THE COOPERAGE PROJECT, PA
SCHOOLS IN ARGENTINA, URUGUAY, & SOUTH AFRICA