Tuesday 21 August 2012 | By Colette M Talbot
ED2012 Music Review: Vocal Is Lekka (Baxter Theatre Centre and Assembly)
Bursting with irrepressible joie-de-vivre, this a cappella (with a touch of percussion) ensemble from Cape Town succeeds in blending fluid harmonies with some very slick choreography. Their set might seem a little too shiny with commercial gloss for fans of more rough-and-ready folk music, but it is mesmerising nevertheless. Turning their bodies into finely-tuned musical instruments, ‘Vocal Is Lekka’ fuse wildly different genres with a finesse that makes it look easy. Their versions of songs by LMFAO and the Doobie Brothers in particular are skilfully assembled, but their inventiveness truly comes into play during harmonized interpretations of a tennis match and the Maori Haka (spelt, in the theme of the show, with a double ‘k’). And they never stop smiling.
Assembly George Square, 2-27 Aug (not 13, 20), 4.55pm.
tw rating 4/5 | [Colette M Talbot]