Robbi Kumalo‘s backed up superstars like Dave Matthews at Carnegie Hall, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Edie Brickell, John Hiatt, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Jewel, Arif Mardin, Luisa, Ashford & Simpson, Deepak Chopra, Eileen Ivers, Edie Brickell, Chieli Minucci, Gino Sitson, Jimmy Owens, & Bakithi Kumalo, Mary J. Blige, & Harry Belafonte among others – sang on some of the biggest stages in the world — and now you can experience award-winning singer Robbi Kumalo front and center as she brings her musical tribute – Nina & Me to the stage.
Named a “Best Bet” by The New York Times, Kumalo’s larger-than-life voice and personality adds new dimension to the music of the “High Priestess of Soul,” famed for her unforgettable renditions of classics like “My Baby Just Cares for Me” “Be My Husband” & “Feeling Good.” Robbi’s joined on stage by Leopoldo F. Fleming, who’s played with a cornucopia of great artists such as Miriam Makeba since ’65 AND Nina Simone 31 years. This duos unites friendship with legacy & technology for an innovative concert experience.
Like Simone, Robbi’s musical roots run deep from classical beginnings, thru soul to pop, along with rhythm & blues centered on a grounding in jazz & church music. Like Makeba, she sings in many languages including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian English, German, and Zulu. Given her ability to capture the essence of a broad range of musical genres, Kumalo honors many iconic women from her Great African-American Songbook. She merely tips the surface of the classic sounds associated with Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack, Brenda Russell, Lena Horne, & Pearl Bailey; legends that still have the power to bring a tear to the eye & joy to the soul, decades after the fact. This concert if Robbi Kumalo’s only NYC appearance this year – don’t miss out on a magical evening of musical celebration and homage to the Great African-American Song Book.