Welcome to my website!
I'm in the process of updating this site, page by page, so it reflects where I'm at these days...bear with me. I'm blessed to sing, write, dream, and even play the piano more than ever; another year older & wiser.
Soooo, what's next?!!?
I really have no idea but can't wait to live out God's plan for me!
See why I'm excited?!
I've been riding a smooth wave in the music business. 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.
I'm a proud 20+ year singer/actor & member of SAG-AFTRA. This year, I was invited to sit on the Performer's With Disability & Diversity committees!
I've done a lot of background work in films and TV and sang on few TV & radio commercials. I'm still auditioning for theatre jobs as an Actor's Equity member 'cause I'm madly in love with my gifts and ask God to let me use them to my best ability everyday.
I started performing for young audiences in 1981. Since then, I've created and produced joyous & exhilarating assembly programs
I call, 'works of art' for school aged kids all over the country and beyond.
This October I'm returning, for the fourth time, to the beautiful Kravis Center in West Palm Beach, Florida to perform my favorite shows, Songs Of Freedom. It's an interactive main stage presentation that combines music, theater, history, slideshows, and culture to better understand American's relationship with freedom over the generations. Besides the 8 shows, I'm also working with classroom teachers on Saturday Oct 9th.
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 in 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 just have a narrow focus on supporting tested subjects. Stop replacing experiential learning for students! How can we grow a child into a 21 Century world citizen if their main motivation in school was cramming data into their heads to pass state tests? Or have their faces buried in a screen by themselves? Technology, new cultural trends, and educational advances are necessitating change. I'm excited to work in the classroom again this fall.
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.
In the winter I auditioned and was selected out a lot of talented singers, including MET singers, to sing with Joule L'Adara's Guided Imagery Opera Company - a new vocal ensemble based on her Sounding Circles methodology. The ensemble work is very intense & encourages me to take my singing to a deeper realm.
So much is going on I tell ya! NYC is kicking my butt w/love, I'll be playing again at Bar 9 in July TBA, MS is still very kind to me, and my writing is slowing happening towards the book... still....oh yeah, my recordings of originals & cover tunes are avail here
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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)
$$$ - $$$$, plus back line
Grades 1 - 5, 6-8, and 9 - 12
Robbi K books 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 MUSEUMM, NY
GODFREY DANIELS, PA
THE COOPERAGE PROJECT, PA