From a Singer Songs That Rock & Are Kid Friendly Too”

New York Times

About Robbi K

"Internationally acclaimed multi-lingual artist Robbi Hall Kumalo has crafted a career spanning nearly 40 years that offers her audiences an experience that's not only engaging, but also with a transforming quality that nudges emotions through a journey of pure elation. Her rendition of Jazz and Broadway classics can easily tiptoe from sultry to the heart pounding force that can penetrate through an ocean of tones backed by her illustrious band. Even as a solo artist, the fluidity for which her fingers grace the keys of the piano marry with her distinctive voice creating a relationship that has made audiences fall in love w/her time & time again. Robbi's the real deal & it only takes a moment at one of her shows to fall smitten as many of her faithful fans would attest.

Since 1981, Robbi K’s beautiful voice has been serenading over 1,000,000 students around the globe.  In the US,  her voice has graced TV & radio commercials while working as a back-up singer for superstar legends like Aretha Franklin, Jewel, Diana Ross, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige, and Harry Belafonte among others.

Robbi presents Musical Conversations relating to love, kindness, equality, protection, and peace for young and family audiences.   Celebrating American Jazz, pop, folk and the beat of rhythms for 2020 and beyond.  As a storyteller, her performances are geared to 21st-Century learning standards that effortlessly aligns with multiple intelligences for diverse learners to experience music, theater, & culture with a global and inclusive. Ancestors bring a sense of Ubuntu to audiences.

Robbi sings & speaks channels many characters in a variety of tongues & has several Parents' Choice Award winning CD’s that attest to the fact that children truly understand the meaning of culture and that our differences are actually blessings."

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    Legend of John Henry (Featuring Bakithi Kumalo)

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Upcoming Events

Osebo's Drum

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Hillsdale Meeting Room, 1525 SW Sunset Boulevard, Portland, OR

Parents’ Choice Award winner Robbi K's spirit is contagious as the entire audience is soon singing and clapping along with Osebo's Drum. Enjoy interactive movement, singing, chanting and humor while Robbi sets the scene for this traditional African "Pour Quoi?" folktale about a tiny turtle, Akiki-Y'Kia, who uses clever kindness to succeed. Robbi moves about the room constantly, appealing to the audience as she acts out the many characters of this clever story. Many animals try to get the drum, but Osebo's sharp claws, teeth, terrible growl and bad attitude scare them all away. An adventure ensues to everyone's delight.