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Biography


Sipho Kunene was born in Cape Town, South Africa and now calls New York City home. He has lent his skills to a diverse assortment of musical situations over the course of his career.

He has toured with South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela, South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, done a five year stint with Harry Belafonte and worked with Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the amazing acapella group which was part of Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ tour. Sipho has also been the pulse behind such artists as Jennifer Holiday, Ben E. King, and The Harlem Gospel Choir among others. He was drummer for the hit musicals "Three Mo' Tenors", and “Cookin’ at the Cookery” as well as for the landmark Carnegie Hall production “Black Stars of the Great White Way”.

Touring has taken Sipho around the world multiple times with numerous tours of Europe, Japan, Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, Australia and almost every State in the USA. He’s been seen on television with some of these artists on stations around the world including domestically multiple PBS specials, The Tonight Sow and more.

Along with Paiste, Sipho is also proud to be a part of the Vic Firth, Canopus drums and Evans drum heads families.