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Reader Spotlight: Bambo Kino

Bambo Kino

Meet Bambo Kino, a musician from Ohio who was bitten by the bass bug in 1970 and never looked back. He also has one of the coolest stage names I can recall, and an interesting list in response to the “influences” question.

Bambo is No Treble’s reader in the spotlight for the week of February 24, 2014.


The music bug hit me on February 9, 1964. I played in groups in and around the Youngstown, Ohio area from 1967 till 2000. I began writing in 1981. I tried all the genres. I wrote alone and with co-writers. I began writing strictly from a bass point of view in 2010. I have a CD out and another to be released very soon. I’m a vintage player in a material world.


Youngstown, OH USA

Day gig:

I’m President and CEO of the Alaya Rose Music Company.

Years experience:

43 years

Bands & Gigs:

No, just doing studio work.


  • Fodera MGS 5-string bass
  • Markbass 2-10 combo amplifier

Why I play the bass:

When I was in high school I played various instruments, looking for my voice. I always played guitar, organ and bass with the organ being my performance instrument. The summer I graduated, my band broke up. That September – for a reason I can’t recall – I went down to our local musician’s union. One of the officers, Mr. Barile said that a really good group was looking for a bass player. He suggested that I go and audition. I resisted, because they were older, and I really wasn’t a bass player. He said a few kind words and encouraged me to give it a try. So I did. I joined the group and have been playing bass ever since. This happened in September, 1970.

My bass superpower/claim to fame:

Honesty and sincerity. I believe my phrasing and feel are my strong points. I always strive to be different and unique while still maintaining a sense of musicality.

My influences:

My father, Jaco Pastorius and Abraham Lincoln.

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