Bakithi Kumalo Hits the Road with Paul Simon with his NS Basses

LEGENDARY BASSIST BAKITHI KUMALO will join Paul Simon on tour this summer, continuing a collaboration that began in 1985.
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Even if they don’t know him by name, millions of fans were first captivated by Bakithi’s amazing playing on Paul’s album “Graceland”. Growing up in a musical family in apartheid South Africa, Bakithi developed a unique musical style at an early age. But the injustices of South Africa’s society made a music career seem nearly impossible—until he was introduced to Paul Simon during a Graceland recording session in 1985. The pop star loved Bakithi’s playing and thus began an international collaboration that has lasted to this day. Since then, Bakithi’s circle has widened to include Harry Belafonte, Laurie Anderson, Derick Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, and Gloria Estefan, among others. Bakithi has also recorded four solo albums.

Bakithi began playing NS Design’s Omni Bass in 2014, and added an NS double bass shortly thereafter. He became an early adopter of the RADIUS bass guitar in 2015. In particular, he has praised the distinctive sound the RADIUS affords him. Paul Simon agrees, so this summer the Radius will be an important part of the tour.

“They have the sound that I’ve been looking for. Very different and very clear tone and beautiful voice—a distinctive sound that I haven’t had from other basses.”

Paul Simon’s latest album, “Stranger to Stranger”, which also features Bakithi’s playing, comes out June 3, 2016.

Paul Simon Tour Dates

April 29 – New Orleans, LA @ Jazz Fest
May 3 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
May 4 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall
May 6 – Tulsa, OK @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
May 7 – Thackerville, OK @ Winstar Casino
May 8 – Dallas, TX @ AT&T Performing Arts Center
May 10 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert Hall
May 11 – Austin, TX @ Bass Concert hall
May 14 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 15 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
May 18 – Des Moines, IA @ Civic Center
May 19 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater
May 20 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
May 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Maverick Center
May 23 – Boise, ID @ Botanical Gardens
May 25 – Portland, OR @ Schnitzer Concert Hall
May 26 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
May 28 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau St. Michelle
May 29 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau St. Michelle
June 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
June 3 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
June 5 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
June 11 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight
June 12 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theatre
June 14 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
June 19 – Rochester Hills, MI @ Meadow Brook
June 21 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre
June 22 – Montreal, QC @ Place Des Arts
June 24 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
June 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts
June 30 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium

You can learn more about the album and the tour at

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