vocalist. actress. sound practitioner. wellness advocate. songwriter.

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Robbi Hall Kumalo is an artist, musician, performer, and writer. Singing and playing piano since a child, Robbi has performed with a host of legendary artists including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Edie Brickell, John Hiatt, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Mary J. Blige, and Harry Belafonte, among others. In her solo career as a vocal artist, Robbi has brought her larger-than-life stage presence and enticingly beautiful voice to many diverse settings for several decades.

A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), Robbi has sung on numerous TV and radio commercials. Her early years in New York City included work as an extra on sitcoms, dramas, and films, and she has been a voiceover artist as well. She is a member of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and a voting member of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS), the organization responsible for the Grammy Awards. As a songwriter, Robbi writes and publishes with ASCAP (a membership association of more than 680,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers) as 40/Shorty Re:Kids, her publishing company. 

A variety of her business skills behind the scenes were enhanced while working for both Spike Lee and Paul Simon. With these two legends she honed her multi-lingual skills combined with exceptional organizational and project management talents to deliver effective office management, schedule coordination, and tracking of public relations activities to support fundraising and performance related appearances and activities. 

Robbi is passionate about arts education. She has spent nearly 40 years working with schools all over the globe as a Teaching Artist of Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education and as a Teaching Artist with New Jersey State Council for the Arts. Using the arts as a tool to connect to curriculum in history as well as culture and ethics, Robbi has produced joyous and exhilarating programs for school-age children, for venues including the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MassMoCA). Her presentations combine music, theater, and culture to break from the Euro-centric norm and bring the world community to children. 

Whether as a storyteller to young audiences, engaging high school students, or improvising with musicians for seniors, Robbi conveys strong messages about character and inspires people to be loving and open-minded participants in the global community. She speaks five languages—English, Spanish, French, German, Zulu, and Italian—and she often performs as a host of characters that incorporate a variety of accents, dialects, and idioms. 

Robbi has released three CDs for children, including Set It Free, Keep the Beat! (winner of a 2003 Parents’ Choice Award) and Music Makes Me Happy (winner of a 2007 Parents’ Choice Silver Award and an iParenting Award of Excellence). In 2013 Robbi received recognition for her contributing a song called The Path to the multiple award-winning album Absolutely Positively Getting Along. Created by a nonprofit of the same name, the work was commissioned by Big Brothers Big Sisters to nurture children by strengthening communities.

After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014 Robbi debuted at Carnegie Hall in 2015 at Carnegie Hall, with the Bakithi Kumalo Band who joined not only South African Dave Matthews but with South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Thokoza (six-woman choral group),as well.  Following this enchanting evening Robbi toured internationally as a storyteller with Dream On Productions to Mexico and twice to Argentina before relocating to the northwest to a healthy environment to repair her challenged immune system.   

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

New York Times

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Singer-Songwriter

Young Audiences