WORLD MUSIC IN SONG
Our repertoire is unfamiliar to many and is unique in the West Midlands. Songs are drawn from harmony singing traditions around the world. We have a huge and varied repertoire, but tend not to sing songs from the Western classical tradition. We always sing unaccompanied, in three or four part harmony, and usually in the language of the country of origin. Many of our songs are drawn from cultures where singing comes as naturally as speaking or walking!
Zimbabwean proverb: "If you can walk then you can dance; if can talk then you can sing"
The WorldSong repertoire reflects the versatility of what Andy Kershaw has called "the world's most important instrument" and ranges from the extraordinary polyphony of Georgian church music which makes the hairs stand up on the back of your neck, through the hard-edged ringing cries of the Balkans, to the resounding calls and responses of South African protest songs which invite you to join in.
We have learnt songs from Bulgaria, the Caribbean, Congo, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Gambia, Israel, Italy, Macedonia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Polynesia, Russia, South Africa, Scotland, Spain, Ukraine, USA, Zimbabwe, Wales — amongst others. If that's not World Music, then we don't know what is!