#3800: A Capella Around the World

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Bobby McFerrin

Listen to a cappella music with just a few support instruments here and there from around the world: Estonia, Ireland, Cuba, Bulgaria, Taiwan, Korea, Italy and Germany, plus music by a Belgian band whose members hail from France, Guyana, Morocco, Zaire. There’s a selection from the Estonian vocal group Greip (translates as “grapefruit”), who only do a capella music, whether calm ballads, jazzy pieces, pop/rock songs and also their own creation. Hear their inspired contemporary rendition of  an Estonian folk song, “Vihma Loits,” (Rain Spell) featuring only their voices and beatboxed percussion.

Listen to another work where the voice acts as percussion instrument from vocal innovator, conductor, and improviser Bobby McFerrin and friends. It’s an extension of his “voice-estra” – from an improvisation session, and appears on his record, “Circlesongs.”

Then, hear music from Finland, inspired by the Balkans, from the Tipsy Gypsy duo, who are also members of Varttina. Sample a work by Belgian-based Tam Echo Tam whose members are from France, Guyana, Morocco, and Zaire. There’s also music by the mystery of the Bulgarian Voices, from their mid-80s recording, along with vocal polyphony of the Wulu Bunun people of Taiwan, anchored by David Darling’s cello and other soundscapes.  Plus, musical settings of the biblical Song of Songs for an Italian vocal trio, and two by John Zorn for a vocal quintet. And much more. 

PROGRAM #3800 Mostly A Cappella Music (First Aired 11-18-2015)





Various: Trinovox


Shir Hashirim, excerpt

Alula ALU-1001
Out of print.
However, the song appears on “Incanto” 
Jaro 2789 CD 


Üks Viis

Vihma Loits (Rain Spell) [2:59]

Available at muusika24.ee

Bothy Band

Best Of

Fionnghuala [1:26]

Green Linnet 3043

Grupo Vocal Sampling

Cuba Classics series, Vol. 3, Diablo al Infierno!

Congo Yambumba [3:28]

Luaka Bop - #0010

Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares

 Le Mystère Des Voix Bulgares

Erghen Diado [2:54]

Nonesuch 79165 

Bobby McFerrin


Circlesong 6 [7:50]

Sony #62734
Available at Amazon.com

John Zorn / The Sapphites

Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs)

John Zorn: Kiss Me [4:07]

Tzadik Records - #TZ 8310

Various: Trinovox


Shir Hashirim [3:53]

Alula ALU-1001
Out of print.
However, the song appears on “Incanto”
Jaro 2789 CD 

John Zorn / The Sapphites

Shir Hashirim (Song of Songs)

John Zorn: At Night In My Bed [3:46]

See above.

David Darling & Wulu Bunun

Mudanin Kata

Pis Lai, excerpt [4:00]

Riverboat/World Musiv #TVGCD 1032 

Tipsy Gypsy

Arctic Paradise 2016

Gatzi-Ma [4:23]


Earborn (Grace Yoon, Roman Bunka) with Trinovox


Scolopendra [3:21]

Alula ALU-1001
Out of print.
But the track appears on a different Jaro Records compilation, downloadable at Emusic.com 

Tam Echo Tam


L'ultima danza [3:52]

Jaro Records
download at iTunes