I recently stumbled on this gorgeous clip by musician Alaa Wardi and his filmmaker brother Seena Imamwerdi, from Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. In ‘Ma3gool’ (pronounced Ma’a’gool), Alaa uses sounds from voice, mouth, and body only, without the use of any musical instruments. He even uses the sounds made by him scratching his beard!
Lexie Mountain Boys are another interesting act I got to check out at the Transmodern Festival. The five women who make up the group never sound the same twice, making a cappella, improvised, stomp-and-holler chants inspired by everything from Inuit throat-singing, Sacred Harp singing, to backwoods preachers speaking in tongues. For their performance this weekend, [...]