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World Music Vocal Harmony Groups

Most every culture has a tradition of group harmony singing often with a unique sound developed over the centuries. There are many vocal harmony groups around the world that continue these traditions with some preserving the songs in their original forms while others groups explore new possibilities for traditional songs. These world music vocal harmony groups offer a wide and diverse selection of music that is bound to please the more adventurous listener.

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Vocolot

Vocolot takes its name from the English word "vocal" and the Hebrew word "kolot" meaning voices. Since 1988, they have been performing for audiences across the United States in English and Hebrew, with a sprinkling of Yiddish, Latino, Arabic and American Sign Languages. Vocolot draws upon ancient and contemporary sources that evoke the power of centuries of women's repertoire, primarily composed by Linda Hirschhorn, and mixes traditional modes with Folk, Jazz and Classical idioms to create an innovative sound. They are a California Arts Council Touring Artist and perform internationally, uplifting and enthralling audiences of all ages with songs of celebration, community and Jewish heritage.


Watersons

One of the great vocal groups out of the English folk revival, The Watersons employed stark melodic scales along with craggy polyphonic harmonies, and outstanding folkloric song selection. Mike, Lal and Norma Waterson hailed from Yorkshire, and were originally joined by their cousin John Harrison, performing as an a capella quartet. The group's career spans from the early 1960s to the present day, where they are joined by fellow traditionalist, Martin Carthy, who married Norma Waterson in 1972. Lal Waterson, sadly, passed away in 1998, and the Watersons have since transformed into the Waterson:Carthy ensemble, which includes Norma and Martin's daughter, Eliza Carthy, a contemporary folk phenomenon in her own right... Over the years the Watersons expanded their sound beyond its original all-vocals roots, yet always retained the defining, almost-harsh starkness which lay at the heart of their music.


Witches of Elswick

We'd like to say that folk songs are in safe hands, but these four candid young women have put a stop to that! Following the success of their first album "Out of Bed" on Fellside Records (FECD180) and appearances at major UK festivals including Glastonbury, Sidmouth and Womad, The Witches of Elswick have now released their second album "Hell's Belles". A cappella harmony with attitude, each 'Witch' has a strong, melodious voice and together they bring fire, imagination and fun to a variety of traditional and contemporary songs. Their passion for the songs and general zest for life is made all too apparent in their raucous and enchanting live performances. They hail from all over England, which is demonstrated by their broad choice of songs, into which they have breathed new life, skilfully bringing them into the 21st century. At a Witches gig you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wet your pants, but you won't be bored. (And you can always buy yourself a nice new pair of Witches Knickers from the lovely well-stocked merchandise stall). Careful mind, they're even naughtier off stage than on.


Zambian Vocal Group

Zambian Vocal Group is a group of 5 young men from the country of Zambia Africa. Our group started way back in 1985 from a small church in kalingalinga. We had never dreamed of being in the U.S ever but through God's grace a visiting missionary discovered us in 1989. Our Group was then called Zambian Acappella with the group members Daniel Mwanza was our director of music-James Mbewe-Godfrey Tembo-Zaccheaus Zulu-Richard Fulumana-Josephat Mbenga-Webster Munchini-Oliver Mabiya-Thomas Simonde, Sylvester Kalandanya Pupe Sichangwa this was the original Zambian Acappella.


Zulal

In Armenian, "Zulal" means "clear water." Zulal, the a cappella trio, aims to create music that is like clear water-fluid, clean, and unconfined. The group takes Armenia's village folk melodies and weaves intricate arrangements that pay tribute to the rural roots of the music while introducing a sophisticated lyricism and energy. Zulal's music connects listeners to a simpler past, evoking the colors and characters of Armenia's village life where the celebration of nature, love, and tradition are dominant themes.

Zulal's singers, Teni Apelian, Yeraz Markarian and Anais Tekerian have been singing together since 2002. The trio has performed in such esteemed venues as Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Natural Museum of History in New York, the Museum of the City of New York, the Alex Theatre, and the Longy School of Music along with performances for Cirque du Soleil, The Near East Foundation, The Silk Road Project, and the Embassy of the Republic of Armenia.

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