The Creative Crooners Behind NYC’s Duwendé Release Their Latest Single

The artist is nothing without the gift, but the gift is nothing without work.

Duwendé, composed of 6 A cappella fusionists, fell for the linguistic marvel of instrument-free performing during their college days, and eventually came together as a band in NYC. Each of the members managed to keep the momentum alive after their college days, growing their ensemble beyond what they thought was possible. And now, they’re celebrating the release of their latest single and music video, for the unapologetically passionate and upbeat tune, FANTASTIC.

With an energetic blend of R&B, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop and a hint of Pop, FANTASTIC creates its own sultry, authentic vibe that you can’t help but move to—even if you’re sitting down. The lyrics take an imaginative twist with a feeling that’s somewhere between straight-from-the-heart and straight-to-the-point. You can hear the subtle flavor of heavy hitters, such as Prince, Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson dancing alongside every beat.

But the real kicker of FANTASTIC? It’s 100% instrument free. Your ears may not believe you, but it’s true. Just as it is with each of Duwendé’s tracks. Every ounce of get-up-and-jam music you hear comes from the group’s members:

  • J. Aaron Boykin (baritone/tenor)
  • Derrick Leonárd (tenor)
  • Abbey Janes (soprano)
  • Tomás Cruz (tenor)
  • Edward Chung (vocal percussion)
  • David Lane (bass).

These refreshing, eclectic melody makers are changing the game of how A cappella music can take shape as an album, and as an art form. They’ve proven that A cappella can be more than a group, but a forward-thinking band who’ve taken this somewhat-rare style of performing and have made it completely their own. Their sound embodies and emulates the instruments and sounds heard in the music they love, and the result is a silky-smooth sound that you’d want to hear at a lux speakeasy, cocktail in hand—all with enough energy to make you get up and dance. In other words, Duwendé’s hitting all the right notes with their latest releases.

But what makes their singles shine even further is the band’s ability to create compelling, high-quality, out-of-this-world colorful music videos to back up their music and contribute their total vision. It’s creativity and attention to detail like this that’s led them to do consecutive tours in Japan, sell out shows on a global scale and be featured on NBC’s “The Winner Is”, hosted by Nick Lachey.

If A cappella music is not currently rotating in your Spotify favorites playlist, Duwendé’s about to change everything for you. Listen for yourself.

Watch Duwendé’s latest single, FUTURISTIC .

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Written by Umesh Agarwal

Umesh Agarwal, a founding member of Credit 101 LLC (, an established entrepreneur, credit guru, and mentor, is no exception to the young thinkers who wandered through the idea of being your own boss and escaping the shackles of micromanagement. What separated him from the rest of the aspiring millionaires is how his ideas fueled his life to action. Umesh studied Engineering in India; eventually moved to Texas and completed his Masters of Science in Engineering.