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East End Arts School Announces International Musician Bakithi Kumalo Joins Faculty (posted June 21, 2017)

East End Arts School Announces International Musician Bakithi Kumalo Joins Faculty (posted June 21, 2017)

East End Arts
133 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
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East End Arts School Announces
International Musician Bakithi Kumalo Joins Faculty
For Summer 2017, Intermediate / Advanced Music Lessons
Only Six Spots Available

(RIVERHEAD, NY, June 21, 2017) – The East End Arts School in Riverhead, NY is pleased to announce that international musician Bakithi Kumalo, longtime bass player for Paul Simon, has joined their music faculty for Summer 2017, and is offering intermediate and advanced private music lessons in bass guitar. Musicians are encouraged to not miss this special opportunity to learn from this renowned musician in a one-on-one setting this July and August. Only six spots are available. Music lessons with Bakithi Kumalo will take place on Wednesday afternoons and evenings from July 12 through August 16, 2017. To register, contact the East End Arts School at 631-369-2171.
For more information about this opportunity, visit:
https://eastendartsorg.presencehost.net/calendar/events.html/event/2017/07/12/special-opportunity-music-lessons-on-bass-guitar-with-international-musician-bakithi-kumalo/164882.

Diane Giardi, East End Arts Education Director comments: “Bakithi, although residing in Pennsylvania, is willing to commute one day a week to East End Arts to give our students, area musicians, this opportunity. He is a powerhouse of talent and energy!”

Bakithi Kumalo is a South African bassist, composer and vocalist who has worked with a wide variety of diverse artists including Gloria Estefan, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Harry Belafonte, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon. He has been active as well as a solo artist, with four albums to his credit – 1998’s San’Bonan, 2000’s In Front of My Eyes, 2008’s Transmigration, and 2011’s Change – as well as three award-winning children’s albums recorded with his wife, vocalist Robbi Kumalo. Kumalo’s bass-playing history began in Soweto where he grew up surrounded by music. “I picked up the bass early and realized I could follow the groove of a tune with it. I could play the bass lines from a cappella music, and I learned how to develop lines based on the left-hand work of accordion players in the township bands.”

The East End Arts School’s music program has 200 students each semester studying voice, piano, drums, violin, guitar, and band and orchestral instruments at two locations: their main campus in Riverhead, NY and their satellite location in Bridgehampton at the Bridgehampton Child Care & Rec Center. For more information about the East End Arts School’s music program and other arts programming, contact 631-369-2171 or visit eastendarts.org/school.

More Information about Bakithi Kumalo & David Bravo in Concert, Summer Tour, Long Island, NY
East End Arts presents international celebrity musician Bakithi Kumalo, longtime bass player for Paul Simon, and pianist David Bravo, in concert, touring Long Island during Summer 2017, with featured performances by talented East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship program students, performing at various key venues of the Long Island music scene, including The Stephen Talkhouse, The Jazz Loft, House of Brews in Port Jefferson, 89 North in Patchogue, and Hotel Indigo East End. Don't miss this special opportunity to see Bakithi and David perform live, alongside talented East End Arts Music Masters student musicians from across Long Island this July and August. Ticket sales proceeds will go towards future funding for East End Arts Music Masters Mentorship programs to ensure that others can receive unique musical training, experience and exposure. For more information about this concert tour, visit eastendarts.org/programs/bakithi-concerts-summer-2017.html.

For more information about the private lessons with Bakithi Kumalo, contact the East End Arts School at 631-369-2171 or dgiardi@eastendarts.org.

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East End Arts, established in 1972, is an award-winning 501(c)3 not-for-profit arts organization, and operates a School of the Arts, an Art Gallery, and presents a variety of events and programs to promote the arts year-round. Proceeds from all events, sales, classes, donations, and memberships benefit the mission and commitment to building and enriching our community through the arts by way of education, support, advocacy, and inspiration.