Last week I was given the awesome opportunity to attend a live performance at my Alma Mater, Georgia Southern University at the Performing Arts Center Nesmith-Lane Building. I rarely get the opportunity to go on campus even though I still live in the same town so this was a treat. The Grammy award winning group, Sweet Honey in the Rock made a stop at GSU for their Anniversary Tour and it was quite a show!
“Sweet Honey in the Rock is an all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble. They are an American Grammy Award–winning (and many times nominated) troupe who express their history as African-American women through song, dance, and sign language.” (Wikipedia)
Their music is a beautiful folk mix of Soul, R&B, and Gospel. Some of the songs performed were:
“Mercy, Mercy Me”
“We’ll Under Stand it Better By and By”
Flash photography was not allowed in the auditorium so please enjoy
the stills that the University shared with me and for a peak at the
beautiful ladies can do, please enjoy the Youtube video below.
I have only heard them perform once but their individual voices are so unique and yet seamlessly blend together. Below is my interpretation of what each beautiful voice offered. The ladies are (left to right):
- Carol Lynn Maillard (an original ensemble member) – the down-home voice dripping with gospel influence.
- Aisha Kahlil – earthy vibe and amazing scat abilities.
- Nitanju Bolade Casel – her beautiful tone was sultry, yet sweet.
- Louise Robinson (an original ensemble member) – jazzy vocals with a fun attitude.
I truly enjoyed the show and the way these ladies interacted with the audience made it so much fun. By the end of it, we had all sang probably as much as they did. It was truly a rewarding experience.
For more information on the box office schedule for
The Performing Arts Center and to see what’s coming up, click below!
Until Next Time…