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Bakithi Kumalo and the Music Master Mentor Program During COVID-19 | LV Arts Salon

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Bakithi Kumalo (left) and the students of Zoellner Arts Center's Music Master Mentor Program (right).

Host James Johnson explores how Zoellner Arts Center's Music Master Mentor Program is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests include famed South African-born bassist Bakithi Kumalo, Zoellner's program and contract administrator Tahya K., music director Will Smith, drum instructor Dan Andree, and two of the students participating in the program, Rachel and Jay.

Before the in-person gatherings around the Lehigh Valley were halted because of the virus, Bakithi Kumalo, known for his bass playing on Paul Simon's 1987 album Graceland, had teamed up with Tahya K., Zoellner’s program and contract administrator, to create the program to mentor middle and high school students.  Eighteen young musicians ranging in age from 10 to 17 were selected to join the  program.

Now the instructors are determined to adapt the program to keep it going. Bakithi, Will, Dan, Tahya, Rachel, and Jay share their experiences about the program so far.

(Original air-date: 6/8/2020)

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