Specially designed concerts, workshops and residencies for specific grade levels, or the whole school!”

About Robbi K

Keep The Beat! is a multi-lingual world music concert featuring folk songs from around the globe pulsating with energy & interactivity to emphasize of how people are all connected by music, history, and daily interactions.  This multi-lingual concert encouraging students to look at elements like music, visual arts & dance — they unite people. Performed in at least 6 languages, Spanish, Hebrew, Hindi, Yoruba  Zulu, French, Italian, Arabic, Latin, and English. Keep The Beat! encourages audiences to further develop an "inner"standing, respecting the ever-present diversity in language use, patterns, and dialects across cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles. Through engaging classroom activities both before and after the show, students are connected with geography and literacy standards. Children exposed to these songs will not only be singing them for many years to come but hopefully will be inspired to become loving and open-minded participants in the global community. 

Curriculum connections: multi-cultural studies, global studies, and a language other than English; Art forms: music, social studies, and storytelling. In terms of understanding the cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts; students will further develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and how the arts, in turn, shape the diverse cultures of past and present society. Another standard is responding to and analyzing works of art: Keep The Beat! supports students responding critically to works in the art, connecting the individual work to other works, and to other aspects of human endeavor and thought.

PRESS QUOTES

“Best Bet”
– New York Times

"The following facts about Robbi K’s musical collaborators give listeners some insider info about her third solo album, Music Makes Me Happy: her South African bassist husband Bakithi Kumalo, performs with Paul Simon; blues singer Guy Davis is the son of legendary actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis; and singer Brady Rymer is a highly accomplished, folk-leaning kids’ performer. The fusion of these styles with Robbi K’s soulful sound makes for a refreshingly pan-cultural kids’ album that stylistically ranges the globe, from the deep-voiced harmonies of Africa to the lilt of American folk (there’s also a sweet cover of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”). Robbi has sung backup for artists ranging from Jewel to Aretha Franklin, and she deserves praise for the cultural aspects and delightful depth of her performances. The overall effort is so rewarding and well performed that parents should just groove out."  –  Time Out NY Kids

"A special program... the show celebrated the diversity of our nation through music.”  – WABC-TV Eyewitness News

“SET IT FREE combines world grooves, childhood favorites, and original compositions to celebrate the similarities of people through diversity. A multi-cultural fiesta of beats.”  – CDbaby.com

 

“Pick of the week"
– NY1-TV


“Robbi K's live concerts are joyous, exhilarating world music sing-alongs” – Berks Jazz Festival

“Not a single unhappy child was present!” – Three Village Herald

“First Saturday is a family oriented event and the entire audience, old and young, was enthralled by the energy and vivacity of Robbi's Band. The children laughed in delight at watching us as we, the older participants, tried to imitate what they accomplished with ease.”
– Nilaga Stengle, Brooklyn Museum of Art 

 

“Keep The Beat - a 2003 Award Winner"
– Parents' Choice Foundation
 
“For over a decade, Robbi has continued to bring joy and great music to the Museum. Robbi K's performances are fun for the kids but intelligent enough for even the most skeptical adults.” – Roz Smith, Brooklyn Children's Museum

 

“A fun-filled evening.  Luke Ruggiere from Port Jefferson Station moved to the beat while Robbi raised the crowd’s enthusiasm”  – Village Beacon-Record  

"An outstanding album features rap, calypso, rock, jazz, blues, classical, and Cajun musical styles. Her sultry alto voice is joined by virtuoso performances by guest artists.... A must purchase for all libraries." — School Library Journal


“A unique voice in children’s music.”  Disney’s FamilyFun Magazine

“Robbi has sung backup for artists ranging from Jewel to Aretha Franklin ... The overall effort is so rewarding and well performed that parents should just groove out."  Time Out NY Kids

DOWNLOADABLE PICS

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Photo by Lennart Knab

Photo by Lennart Knab

Photo by Julie Mardin

Photo by Julie Mardin