I really have no idea, besides the upcoming dates on my calendar, which includes my first TEDx Talk in Deer Park,.what's next for me. I'm inspired to live God's plan for my life; so far so great. I'm excited about my life!
I'm riding a smooth wave in the music business 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 others. Some of these people are on my CD's!
I'm a proud 20+ year member of the SAG-AFTRA Union. This year, I've been invited to sit on the Performer's With Disability & Diversity committees! Very cool to represent the underrepresented.
I'm doing background work in film & TV productions like Orange is The New Black, Breaking Brooklyn, Girl On The Train, Roxanne Roxanne, and Trouble. Over the years, I've sung on few TV & radio commercial but still audition for Equity gigs 'cause I'm madly in love with theatre. I'm thanking God constantly for letting me use my skills to my best ability. Did you know that I started performing for young people in 1981?! I've been blessed to do for a while now, creating joyous & exhilarating assembly programs for schools.
Speaking of which, last month I completed an amazing school tour in Argentina & Uruguay telling stories and singing songs to children who study English! Check out the pics. Creating original 'works of art' to perform for students all over the world is my passion.
This October, God willing, I'll return (4th time) to the beautiful Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida performing one of my dearest shows, Songs Of Freedom. It's an interactive main stage concert that combines music, spoken word, history, and a slideshow about Black America's relationship with freedom. Besides 8 shows for young people, I'm also working with classroom teachers - another passion. Annnndddddd, I'm also performing at the Zun Zún Children's Fest in Miami Oct 1! Can't Wait!
I wear many hats to make shows for young audiences; meldlng music, movement, drama & curriculum with the artist's process.
In 2016, I'm encountering schools failing to serve students because of funding challenges; or they just have a narrow focus on primarily supporting tested subjects. How can we grow children into 21st Century world citizens if their main motivation and practice in school is cramming data into their heads to pass a state tests? Then 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 very happy to freelance nationwide in the classroom.
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'm pro 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 the room! That's how I remember learning.... I'd love to spend a week in your school creatively collaborating.
In January I auditioned for, and was selected out lots of talented singers - including some of the finest MET Opera singers - to work with Artistic Director Joule L'Adara & her Guided Imagery Opera Company - an innovative vocal ensemble based on her Sounding Circles methodology for healing. The ensemble work is very intense & encourages me to take my singing to a deeper realm of daily use. You have to come to a Sound Soak! Keep watch of my calendar.
In case you're wondering, MS is very kind to me, my book writing is slowly happening towards an actual BOOK....and oh yeah, the recordings of my originals & cover tunes are avail. Take A Listen & $upport my cause with a download!
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'Til we meet again... Love Love Love in the mind & heart.
Performing professionally since: 1985
Touring since: 1999
Robbi Kumalo Quartet (vocals/piano, bass, & drums);
Robbi K & Friends (vocals/piano, bass, & drums/percussion);
Storyteller (vocals & percussion or Friends)
Artist in Residence
Performance Fee range:
$$$ - $$$$$
Plus: back line provided, travel expenses including ground, housing accommodations, meals or per diem of $50 USD
Arts in Education Residencies Available:
Grades 1 - 5, 6-8, and 9 - 12
Booking up to 18 months in advance