Sweet Honey in the Rock
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Type of music generally:
Most recent release, #LoveInEvolution (2016)
They were the first to pioneer and popularize this kind of music
Covers and own
They are a wonderful all-woman a capella group whose influences come from American folk and spirituals, gospel, and African music. The best of their discs I have are Breaths and Live at Carnegie Hall. They also have some great songs on the Folkways: A Vision Shared disc. It's amazing all the different things those women can do with their voices. (neal)
Comments about live performance:
Sweet Honey were *incredible*. If Zap Mama doesn't count them as their main influence, that has to be the greatest case of synchronicity in the history of music. They don't do the choreography that Zap Mama does (in fact, they sit mostly the entire time they're on stage), but they have the African percussion instruments and they do all the vocal tricks. They are also very big into audience participation—for the first song, they had the crowd split up into four parts doing an African chant, and it was mesmerizing. By the end of their show, there were at least 100 people dancing up a storm in front, and the entire crowd was on its feet clapping and singing along. Everybody forgot by that part that they were freezing. It was a great privilege to get to see them perform. (c. 2000, email@example.com)
Recommended first album:
Ysaye Barnwell, Aisha Kahlil, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Carol Maillard—vocals
Shirley Childress—sign langague interpreter
A two-disc set of a performance by Sweet Honey in the Rock with a jazz trio. Absolutely gorgeous vocal harmonies (of course), and delightful to hear them do tracks like "Trouble in Mind" and the well-covered "Wild is the Wind." Everyone is clearly having a terrific time, and that feeling is contagious. The political tracks are powerful and effective. A delightful recording. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2016—Appleseed Recordings—APR CD 1140 / SR5CD 004
Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel—vocals, percussion, handclaps
Romeir Antonio Mendez—acoustic bass (1, 4, 6-10, 12)
This group is as earnest, soulful and viviacious as ever. Such wonderful empathy, spirit and energy! (email@example.com)
Sweet Honey in the Rock has three DVDs: Raise Your Voice (2005), Singing for Freedom, and Continuum Song Book
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