A world famous runner and a dynamic Afro-Pop/Reggae vocalist and song writer Bassirima Soro, better known as K-Bass, electrifies audiences with his high-energy, upbeat music in three languages.
Fluent in English, French and his native language, Bambara, K-Bass was born in Côte d'Ivoire (The Ivory Coast), Africa to a deeply loving family of musicians. K-Bass’s late father, a traditional medicine man, singer and Ngoni (a string instrument originating in West Africa) player and his mother, a singer and dancer, were both descended from families in which music is the center of everything. Through music and dance they celebrate birth and death, comfort the living, resolve conflicts and share their knowledge and Love. They instilled their great passion for music in K-Bass as a young boy.
Despite severe economic hardships, K-Bass obtained a hard won education and became a world class cross country and marathon runner, earning celebrity status in his native country and surrounding regions. Nonetheless, seeing that opportunities were limited in his native country, K-Bass moved to the United States despite knowing no English. Needing to make ends meet, K-Bass learned English and continued to compete as a runner, while earning a nursing degree. For years, K-Bass continued to win important races earning the name, “The Barefoot Runner” and continued to pursue, his first love, music.
After moving to Tucson, Arizona, and winning the prestigious Tucson Marathon 6 times, barefoot, (for which he was written up in Sports Illustrated and numerous other sports magazines and blogs) K-Bass became the lead singer of the southern Arizona African mix band, “The Key Ingredients of African Soul” and was a guest artist with a number of other African style bands.
K-Bass' solo career has exploded with the launch of three solo albums: “Too Much Negativity”, released in 2009, “La Liberté” in 2011 and K-Bass and Farafina Musiki’s Latest album Faso. K-Bass’s music has won great critical acclaim. K-Bass and his amazing band, K-Bass and Farafina Musiki, is continuing to wow audiences with their incredible stage charisma and K-Bass’ innovative blend of Afro-pop, Reggae and several traditional African styles.