AN EMERGING Port Elizabeth-based a cappella group, Harmonic Sound, will be launching their debut album titled Harmonic Sessions on Saturday next week.
The eight-member group, made up of four women and four men between the ages of 17 and 21, include , Bongani Matrose (tenor), Ntombozuko Zweni (alto), Lelihle Pongolo (bass), Sandisiwe Koyo (alto), Lwando Lukhuko (tenor), Olwethu Vena (soprano), Milani Sixakwe (baritone), and Athabongile Nyakatya (soprano). The group say they chose their name as it is the perfect definition of the sound they create.
Harmonic Sound started out as a group at the Seventh Day Adventist Church two years ago. Sixakwe said they shared a love for music and this is what brought them together as a group.
“Most of our parents are also singers but they did not take it up professionally and go commercial with it, so we just went with the love of music we inherited from our parents and started this group. It took off from there,” Sixakwe said.
The album came about after the group toured South Africa last year. They performed at gospel festivals in Bloemfontein, Kimberly and Cape Town and wanted to create an album to promote their sound.
Their new album is, as Sixakwe describes it, “very gospel”.
He added that it was a fusion of western style gospel and South African gospel music.
The group mostly perform gospel music in Xhosa and English. For the new album, the group also incorporated a few jazz and instrumental elements, while still remaining true to their a cappella roots.
The group hopes to launch a live DVD next year as well as shoot a music video to send to shows like Gospel Gold.
Harmonic Sound will be launching their album at the NMMU South Campus auditorium at 6pm on Saturday November 30.