International Spotlight

International Spotlight: Basix

Amidst the a cappella scene within our own borders it's easy to lose sight of what's going on around the world. In International Spotlight we introduce readers to groups that are making noise (not to mention incredible music) in foreign lands.

Basix is a six-man group out of Denmark. As a unit, they’ve taken home six Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards, seen album sales reach gold and platinum status in Denmark, and performed internationally, including an appearance at SoJam 2010. Their style spans pop, jazz, soul, and rock and their repertoire features a combination of original songs and covers.

Check out a sampling of the Basix sound below.

International Spotlight: Cluster

Amidst the a cappella scene within our own borders it's easy to lose sight of what's going on around the world. In International Spotlight we introduce readers to groups that are making noise (not to mention incredible music) in foreign lands.

In their eight years as a group Cluster, a five-member, mixed-voice group, has developed a remarkable reputation in not only their native Italy, but across national borders. After competing on The X-Factor Italy the group’s debut album Cement became Italy’s number one album on iTunes (besides garnering three CARA nominations). The group broadened its reach this past summer, performing live at VoCALnation in Washington DC.

International Spotlight: Singer Street

Amidst the a cappella scene within our own borders it's easy to lose sight of what's going on around the world. In International Spotlight we introduce readers to groups that are making noise (not to mention incredible music) in foreign lands.

Though the group is based in Hungary, make no mistake about it—Singer Street is truly an international act. In the last two years, the group won the jazz category of the world Choir Competition in Austria, and went on to win first place in the Taiwan International Vocal Festival - World Contemporary A Cappella Competition.

International Spotlight: The Boxettes

Amidst the a cappella scene within our own borders it's easy to lose sight of what's going on around the world. In International Spotlight we introduce readers to groups that are making noise (not to mention incredible music) in foreign lands.

The Boxettes didn’t think of themselves as an a cappella group, members explained during a panel discussion at SoJam 2011. They thought of themselves as a band that just happened to not use any instruments.

International Spotlight: Rajaton

Amidst the a cappella scene within our own borders it's easy to lose sight of what's going on around the world. In International Spotlight we introduce readers to groups that are making noise (not to mention incredible music) in foreign lands.

Take three women, three men, and there you have Finland’s highest profile a cappella group—Rajaton. Since the group originally formed in 1997 their accomplishments have been many and quite varied—going platinum for their cover album Rajaton Sings ABBA and winning a Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award for Best Folk Song for “Nouse Lauluni,” earlier this year releasing a children’s album, and, perhaps most impressively of all, going a long toward mainstream success by successfully spanning classical and contemporary musical tastes within their Finnish audience and abroad.

International Spotlight: Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Amidst the a cappella scene within our own borders it's easy to lose sight of what's going on around the world. In International Spotlight we introduce readers to groups that are making noise (not to mention incredible music) in foreign lands.

Though many American music fans have heard Ladysmith Black Mambazo, it’s altogether possible that they don’t know them by name. The all-male South African group had its moment in the American spotlight in 1986 when they sang with Paul Simon on his iconic album Graceland, a Grammy winner for Best Album of the Year. In the aftermath, Simon produced the group’s first US release, Shaka Zulu, which won the 1988 Grammy for Best Traditional Folk Album.

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