Sipho Kunene

Independent

Sipho Kunene

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About

Paiste Artist Since
February 2002

Nationality
United States

Main Affiliation
Independent

Other Affiliations
Three Mo' Tenors
Hugh Masekela

Website
www.siphokunene.com

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„Whether in Avery Fisher Hall, Wolf Trap, the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, Ronnie Scotts in London, on your wedding gig, or in your own garage, Paiste has the right voices for your needs. When non-drummers come to you and compliment your cymbals, that about says it all!“

Setup

Sipho Kunene

Cymbals listed from left to right

14" Masters Dark Hi-Hat
17" Signature Traditionals Thin Crash
12" PST X DJ's 45 Crash
21" Signature Dark Energy Dark Dry Ride Mark I (discontinued)
18" Signature Traditionals Thin Crash
18" PST X Swiss Thin Crash

Videos & Pics

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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. Sipho spent many years with keyboard phenom Matthew Whitaker’s trio doing tours both in the USA and abroad. The group performed at various jazz clubs, concerts, and festivals including the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, the Montreal Jazz Festival, Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Atlanta Jazz Festival and many others both domestically and internationally. He has toured and recorded with South African legends trumpeter Hugh Masekela and South African pianist Abdullah Ibrahim, done a six 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, The Harlem Gospel Choir and 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”. Sipho continues to tour extensively and teach privately.

Setup Cymbals

  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 16", 18"
    Volume: Medium
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium range, complex mix. Fast, responsive feel, fairly quick decay. An explosive Crash cymbal with a strong, low wash for unique effects in many styles of music.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 12"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Light

    Sound character: Exotic, warm, trashy. Medium wide range, complex mix. Quick response with short decay. Soft feel. Fast, explosive cymbal with dirty fizz for short, quick accents. Also well suited as exotic effect cymbal in larger setups.

  • Sounds
  • Details

    Sizes: 14", 15"
    Volume: Soft
    Weight: Medium

    Sound character: Dark, full, soft, multi-layered. Medium wide range, complex mix. Soft, responsive feel. Velvety sizzling open sound. Rich, dark chick sound. A sensitive hi-hat perfectly suited for light to medium heavy use within Jazz, Blues, Country and other acoustic music styles.

  • Sounds