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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