Gear News

Abraham Laboriel and Bakithi Kumalo Dazzle Students on U-BASS Day at Musician’s Institute

Abraham Laboriel and Bakithi Kumalo Dazzle Students on U-BASS Day at Musician’s Institute
Valery Amador

Abraham Laboriel and Bakithi Kumalo Dazzle  Students on U-BASS Day at Musician’s Institute… 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.

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

Click to add a comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Gear News
Valery Amador
@bassmusicianmag

Valery serves as Bass Musician Magazine's Publisher and News Editor, and is the Co-founder of www.viethrive.com, an online publishing company.

More in Gear News

Ibanez Fanned Fret Bass Line Expands with New Finish

Ibanez Fanned Fret Bass Line Expands with New Finish

Valery AmadorAugust 27, 2015
Ibanez Adds To SR500 Bass Series

Ibanez Adds To SR500 Bass Series

Valery AmadorAugust 27, 2015
Orange Amplification Launches OBC210 Mini Bass Amp-2

Orange Amplification Launches OBC210 Mini Bass Amp

Valery AmadorAugust 27, 2015
Godlyke debuts Pivot-All 180-Degree Rotating Audio Plugs

Godlyke debuts Pivot-All 180-Degree Rotating Audio Plugs

Valery AmadorAugust 13, 2015
Bohemian Guitars Introduces the Oil Can Bass

Bohemian Guitars Introduces the Oil Can Bass, in 7 Designs or Build Your Own

Raul AmadorAugust 5, 2015
BeatBuddy Mini

New BeatBuddy Mini

Eric ParsonsAugust 5, 2015
Warwick-Rockbass-Adam-Clayton-Artist-Line-Bass-1

Warwick Rockbass Adam Clayton Artist Line Bass

Valery AmadorJuly 25, 2015
Charge While Playing -  Checkout IK Multimedia's iRig PowerBridge

Charge While Playing: Checkout IK Multimedia’s iRig PowerBridge

Valery AmadorJuly 16, 2015
Peavey Releases MiniMAX 500 Watt Bass Amplifier Head

Peavey Releases MiniMAX 500 Watt Bass Amplifier Head

Valery AmadorJuly 10, 2015