Sing! Day Of Song

Bobby McFerrin

 

The unaccompanied singer performs a magical improvisation

While Bobby McFerrin has been heard in many settings in his career, the most remarkable moments usually come when he sings unaccompanied.

In addition to his very fertile imagination and knowledge of many musical idioms, McFerrin’s ability to come up with a nonstop flow of ideas (often making a clicking sound when he inhales), his falsetto, and his bass notes put him in his own musical category.

And unlike most performers, McFerrin’s singalongs inspire and uplift the audience rather than being simple and predictable.

At a singing festival, McFerrin leads the joyful audience through a particularly memorable number.

-Scott Yanow

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