A native Daytonian, Robert Sanae, born Robert Jones, is a product of a rich musical heritage and accomplished Dayton musicians, with his father, Robert Jones Kuumba, being an original member and the percussionist for the acclaimed Ohio Players and his cousin Dean Hummons being a member of the popular bands ‘Sun’ and ‘Dayton’. Robert was inspired groomed and nurtured by his grandmother, Ollie Tyler Brame, and her passion for music, as a pianist and organist for her church.
He was also reared in a household where his parents unwittingly exposed he and his three sisters to a diverse range of music which indelibly has had its affect and influence on him to this very day. Robert began his professional career as the youngest member of the R&B Group ‘Zapp’ featuring Roger Troutman, where he was a trumpeter, Keyboardist, vocalist and also learned numerous other skills, including audio engineering and editing. During his tenure with the Troutman organization, Roberts’ performance credits encompassed five albums out of the Troutman camp, which included ‘Zapp IV’ and its hit track “Computer Love”, Robert composed and arranged the horn parts for several tracks as well as singing background and some small lead vocals on that project; Roger Troutman’s solo project, ‘The Human Body’; Shirley Murdock’s Debut album ‘As We Lay’; Sugarfoot’s solo Project ‘Kiss’. While touring Robert was a valuable addition to the show and was featured throughout, creating choreographed routines and performing gymnastic stunts.