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‘Vocal play’ solos by Naturally 7

A band without a band. A-cappella with a twist. Naturally 7 uses what they call ‘vocal play’—tranforming their voices into drums, harmonicas, trumpets, guitars, and other instruments—to create music. In this video from 2010, band members demonstrate each of their talents in solos at Madison Square Garden.

First up: Warren Thomas (percussion, guitar, clarinet, 3rd tenor). His solo is followed by Dwight Stewart (2nd baritone, vocals, trumpet), Garfield Buckley (2nd Tenor, Harmonica), Armand “Hops” Hutton (Bass), Rod Eldridge (1st tenor, scratching, trumpet), and Jamal Reed (vocalist, flute, strings, horns, and the ‘screaming’ guitar). They’re all introduced by group leader and Warren’s brother Roger (musical director, arranger, first baritone).

See their beatboxing, singing, and instrumental talents come together in this 2009 performance of Fly Baby at TED in San Diego.

And from 2015, a Herbie Hancock medley on TV Art Stage (예술무대):

Related videos include Improvised Deconstruction – Reggie Watts, Beatboxing Masterclass with Shlomo, and The Music Instinct: Taylor McFerrin and his dad, Bobby.

Plus, watch The Mills Brothers: Swing It, Sister (1934).

Thanks, Joyce.

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