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A cappella by popular Guangzhou group Resound

2018-11-29

A cappella band Resound from Guangzhou will present a night of pop songs at Xinqiao Culture and Art Center. Resound features a funky Cantonese style with a strong rhythm section and faultless harmonization.

A graduate of the Xinghai Conservatory of Music in Guangzhou, the band’s leader Lai Wensheng first delved into the instrumentless world of a cappella when he was recruited as a sophomore by a small campus band.

It was then that Lai learned how to “play with the human voice” to simulate sounds and instruments. Lai’s first band dissolved after their graduation, but in order to move forward as a musician, he forced himself to go backward as a student, returning to the conservatory to recruit undergraduate students for a new band he was forming.

Chen Haoran and Chen Shaoyang thought a cappella was “choir music” when Lai first approached them about joining his group. Initially the music had little appeal to them. But after practicing a few numbers with Lai, the two juniors’ interest in this unusual genre was piqued. “After practicing, we found that we got along well with each other. No instrument could compare with the harmony of our voices,” Lai said.

Inspired by urban a cappella groups such as Shenzhen’s Naturally 7, Lai wanted a “beat-boxer” to give their sound some hip-hop-style percussion.

The band has won numerous gold medals in a cappella competitions.

Time: 8 p.m., Dec. 2

Tickets: 80-380 yuan

Venue: Xinqiao Culture and Art Center, 29 Gongyuan Road North, Bao’an District (宝安区公园北路29号新桥文化艺术中心)

Metro: Line 11 to Shajing Station (沙井站), Exit C(SD News)