VOTD: A Capella Tribute to Michael Jackson

Sam Tsui is a junior at Yale University and he and friend Kurt Schenider put together a great video of them performing as an A Capella group singing a tribute to Michael Jackson using various of his songs. Look carefully, it’s actually not a group but just Sam, replicated a few times and Kurt off to the side doing the beat-boxing. Nice editing from Kurt and vocal talent from Sam. [via Koukla and MJ Memorabilia]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Ky02oqjQU&feature=player_embedded

VOTD: A capella on YouTube

I just found a couple of clips on YouTube by this guy that sings various songs A capella. This guy rocks – his videos are awesome. Check out a few samples below, or subscribe to his YouTube channel.

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D7 Fresh A'capella

I’ve just heard of a local, Cape Town based group called D7. They’re seven young guys that perform a mix of a’capella and beatboxing. I wish I had heard about them sooner as I would have loved to attend one of their live gigs. I’ve just listened to a few of their sample tracks on their website and I’m seriously impressed.

Think beatbox, think up beat, think fresh harmonies delivered to you by seven of Cape Town’s sexiest musicians and you have D7, the a’capella group that is harmonising their way on to stages everywhere. They will have your feet tapping, your lips moving and your hips grooving to the familiar sounds of Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, The Chiffons and The Temptations. Their take on contemporary tunes from Coldplay and Goldfish is fresh and exciting and definitely worth the standing ovations they have been receiving from audiences all over Cape Town.

South Africa has recently started auditioning for people to attend the new show South Africa’s Got Talent. Listening to these guys and seeing them perform I have no doubt that South Africa really *does* have talent. Well done guys, keep it up.

I’m really impressed by a’capalla music and beatboxing and this great combination of both makes for really enjoyable listening. And for the ladies, well, just take a look at their bio pics for yourself, you decide.

You can also follow them on Twitter.

Below is a short mashup clip of some of their performances showing off their talent. Oh, if you didn’t know, you can hire them for your own private party too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UG10ccCFhX8

VOTD: Perpetuum Jazzile Choir

You might not have heard of them before. They’re a Slovenian Choir group called Perpetuum Jazzile and they do some amazing a capella work. Just take a look for yourself at the video below where they emulate the sound of a thunderstorm followed by their a capella version of Toto’s famous track, Africa. You can find out more about them on their website (in Slovenian or in English) or follow them on Facebook or on Twitter. [via Koukla]

More videos here, on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpbyM8k7e2Q

VOTD: Voca People (a cappella group)

If you know me, or follow this blog (which, I must admit has been in sparse in new posts the past, ahem, seven months) you’ll know that I enjoy, and promote, a cappella music and groups.

So last night I spotted this one among many Facebook status updates. They’re called the Voca People, and according to their website, they come from a planet, just beyond the Sun where all their communication comes in the form of music and singing. They seem to have been around for a couple years now, but this is the first I’ve heard of or seen them. According to the Wikipedia page, they hail from Israel.

Don’t be taken back by their cheesy looking website but rather have a look, and listen, to their performance. Looking at their schedule it looks like they’re doing some international tours, hope they make a plan to visit us in South Africa as well (hint, hint).

 

D7 Live – In Concert

d7live-mj-posterLast month I told you about an up and coming group of seven guys who sing a’capella called D7 Live. You’ve probably heard some of their clips on their site and seen the video I posted.

You know when you go to a live music concert and many times the live performance doesn’t come close to the recorded versions. Well this is the opposite with this group. You have to see and hear D7 Live in person to appreciate the talent that these seven guys posess. They entertained us for about two hours with their musical talents, introducing the band members and sharing a little about themselves with us in between their numbers. And with every passing song these guys got better and better.

Do yourself a favour, go and see these guys in concert. You will not be dissapointed. Check out the gig guide on their website for more details.

Their next gig will be on the 8th August 2009 at Conference, Kronenburg in Paarl.

Pat, thanks for the discounted tickets mate (you guys are definitely worth it, and then some!). You guys rocked and you’re all definitely a talent to be reckoned with. I can see D7 Live going places – just watch this space!