One hundred singers to celebrate sounds of Africa

Vocal Explosion singers
Vocal Explosion singers

DRAWING singers from Folkestone to Littlehampton An African Vocal Explosion for 100 Voices will be storming The Stade Open Space later this month.

Expect beautiful harmonies and driving rhythms, all in all a powerful sound, said Hastings-based singer, composer and musical director Juliet Russell, who is the founder of Vocal Explosion.

The free gig on June 15 is part of the Stade Saturdays programme of events.

Juliet said: “It is an opportunity to bring together some great singers from Littlehampton to Folkestone, including many from Hastings and St Leonards and the surrounding area, to create a wonderful, uplifting African sound, accompanied by some fantastic musicians.

“We have got a really hot brass section and percussion section including Emmanuel McDonald and Dende, we have a great resident band, and we will be working with Nana Tsiboe.

“We have performed the set a few times to a great response.”

She added: “It has been my aim over the last 20 years to redefine what a choir is.

“The 100 Voices project is all about inclusivity, and designed to be accessible to those who have never sang in their lives before.

“And yet, we have consistently achieved an amazing sound which bowls people over.”

Juliet is no stranger to large scale events. Her music has been heard and sung by upwards of 40,000 people in more than 30 countries and her compositions used in film, television, radio, and theatre.

For those members of the audience inspired by what they hear on June 15, there will be an opportunity to get involved and sing some of the repertoire, on July 14.

Juliet recently won a bid to host the flagship event for the South East for Our Big Gig, a community music celebration which takes place across the UK.

It will be a day of music culminating in a mass sing on The Stade. Details of the event and how to get involved will follow in the coming weeks.

An African Vocal Explosion for 100 Voices will take place on June 15, at 7.30pm on The Stade Open Space.

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