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September 25, 2006

Review - Duwende

Cincinnati Citybeat (OH):

They're the only all "a cappella" band at MidPoint, but this six-member unit isn't doing Doo Wop or Barbershop music. Duwende are a legitimate Pop band, using their voices to make all of the sounds (drums and instruments included) on their albums and during their live shows. The group's CD Radio Screaming sounds as good as anything on Top 40 radio these days, mixing supercharged Hip Hop, funky, melodic Pop and heavenly R&B balladry. If no one told you in advance, you wouldn't notice the all-voice musicality of the band. But knowing makes it a more fascinating listen, and live they should be one of the more interesting acts to catch at MidPoint. Local hook: Duwende's baritone singer Geoffrey Barnes is originally from Cincinnati. Some bands say they rage against the machines; Duwende do it full-on by ignoring machines completely. Dig It: Bobby McFerrin cloned and dropped smack-dab into the middle of the 2006 Pop landscape.

Posted by acapnews at September 25, 2006 9:49 PM