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Abraham Laboriel and Bakithi Kumalo Dazzle Students on U-BASS Day

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jun 26, 2012.

  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    May 30th was U-BASS day at Musician’s Institute in Hollywood CA and two of the world’s most
    notable bassists appeared on behalf of Kala Brand Muisic to demonstrate and provide personal
    accounts of their experiences with the distinctive short scale instrument. At the invitation of
    Stuart Hamm, Program Chair-Bass Department, Kala arranged for renowned bassists Abraham
    Laboriel and Bakithi Kumalo to appear in the school performing arts theater where afterwards,
    students and faculty were invited to demo an assortment of Kala U-Basses.

    Each artist spoke to the assembly and performed solo demonstrations on the bass, then joined
    together in an impromptu jam session with the finale including a three way jam with the added
    participation of Stuart Hamm. The entire event was filmed and can be viewed at Kala Brand’s
    video page at

    Abraham Laboriel has played on over 4,000 recordings and was described by Guitar Player
    Magazine as "the most widely used session bassist of our time. Bakithi Kumalo has been Paul
    Simon’s bassist since the highly acclaimed Graceland album being which is being celebrated
    this year with a 25th anniversary international tour.

    Introduced in 2009, the U-BASS is Kala’s 21” scale bass instrument that is available in acoustic
    electric and solid body models. The basses incorporate proprietary polyurethane strings which
    are noted for their deep bottom end. The basses are available in 4 and 5 string as well as fretted
    and fretless models. Optional wound strings by Pyramid and plastic compound strings by Aquila
    are also available from Kala.

    www.ubass.com contact@kalabrand.com

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