The blurb notes that they
managed to tie the all-time record for most musicians squashed behind Bob Boilen’s desk for a single performance in the NPR Music offices. (They join the early-music a cappella ensemble Stile Antico, also with 12).
[I wonder if they keep statistics like this–I’d like to see numbers].
The Choir sings
in a number of South African languages, as well as English, Soweto Gospel Choir fuses the praise music of many Christian cultures, with nods to traditional African songs of celebration — complete with occasional clicks and bird songs. To watch and sway along was to be blasted with some sort of ray gun that shoots beams of joy and hope.
They sing four pieces. I don’t know what the songs area bout except for what the brief introductions tell us.
Two different women are the lead singers for the first two songs (no names are given). “Seteng Sediba” and “Emarabeni” which is a wedding song. A man introduces the rest of the songs. He says that “Emlanjeni/Yelele” is a traditional song and then he sings lead. The final song “Kae le Kae” translates to Wherever I Go I Go with Jesus.
For each song the Choir sounds amazing together. They only person not singing is the guy on the end who is playing the djembe to keep rhythm. They sway in sync and hold hands up at the same time. They are something to watch.
As the final song ends, the Choir walks out of the room past everyone singing all the while. It’s a great ending (and gives us a peek into the NPR offices).
[READ: March 3, 2016] Johnny Boo: Twinkle Power
This is the second Johnny Boo book and Johnny, Squiggle and the Ice Cream Monster are all back.
One thing that really cracks me up about the Johnny Boo books is how easily he and Squiggle get mad at each other. And they always threaten to be mad forever.
In this book, Squiggle flies around Johnny’s head and makes his “hair” stand straight up. This cracks up Squiggle and makes Johnny very angry and he threatens to never be friends with Squiggle again.
Of course this all started because Squiggle thinks that the stars have amazing Twinkle Power and he thinks it’s even better than Johnny’s Boo Power (GASP!). Squiggle wants to go up to the stars to see if he can learn Twinkle Power.
While Squiggle is gone, Johnny is a little afraid of being alone. And then the Ice Cream Monster comes by. This makes Johnny go “Eek, which he says is a new way of shouting Boo–he not scared at all, no way. The Ice Cream Monster asks if he can learn that new Boo too. Johnny is embarrassed to teach him the Eek, but he does it anyway and the Ice Cream Monster is very good at it. So good that Squiggle hears him up by the stars and comes to the rescue.
There is much amends-making and then some rather amusing rhyming as Squiggle tries to teach Johnny some Squiggle Power. Although Johnny just winds up shaking his hips. The Ice Cream Monster is even better at the hip shaking.
I thought the end was really cute…not too many stories have the word “giggle” and the word “butt” in them, which is one thing that makes Kochalka’s book so much fun.