Vauxhall Voices and Sydenham Singers invite you to a journey ‘Around The World In Song’ at Wheatsheaf Hall, SW8 2UP, on Saturday 24th November at 6pm.
There’ll be food, of course, with Ozzie’s Creole Cafe taking advance bookings here, and an evening of acapella singing to whisk you away on a voyage across the globe.
We start in Mali, then head south east across Africa, passing Nigeria, Cameroon, DRC, Angola, Namibia and Botswana to South Africa, with a song from the guerrilla movement during apartheid.
Across we hop over the Atlantic to South America. In Brazil, we land in the neighbouring states of Bahia and Minas Gerais, then fly over the Amazon and Venezuela to the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, stopping in Jamaica for a song by the island’s most cherished son.
To Freeport, Louisiana, home of American folk and blues music in the early 1900s. Onwards to Jackson, Mississippi, one of several key locations during the civil rights movements of the 1960s. North to New York state, just south of Lake Ontario, for a chant commemorating the indigenous Seneca people.
West past Michigan, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Idaho and Oregon, and a hop, skip and jump over the Pacific to sing an earth blessing on the tropical islands of Hawaii. From one island nestled amid vast stretches of Ocean, we now head to the South Pacific and beautiful Aotearoa, or New Zealand, for a powerful Maori song about uniting different cultures.
After honouring the indigenous people and white settlers of Australia, we then head north, passing Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan before arriving in Korea to sing a peace prayer.
Crossing the vast lands of China, Kashmir, Pakistan and Afghanistan, we reach Iran and a Farci harvest song. Then a somewhat shorter journey, just 1,600 miles and only 30 hours by car according to Google maps, via Tehran, Azerbaijan and Armenia before experiencing the polyphonic perfection of Georgian music.
We take the coastal road through northern Turkey and Istanbul, heading north east towards the traditional Romany lands of Bulgaria, Macedonia and Serbia to sing a beautiful Roma Gypsy song.
Passing Bosnia-Herzegovina and Slovenia, we hit Western Europe for a song with roots in both France and Spain.
Get your thermals out. We’re off to northern Finland, where the Sámi people live, for a yoik based on one of their calls.
Close to home now as we skip over Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the UK and to the green shores of Ireland for some gorgeous ballads.
Finally back on UK shores, it’s time for a bit of jolly old Wassailing!