African Vocals going online
The next best thing
03 September 2020 | Art and Entertainment
Joel Nambuli; African Vocals; “It was either do this, or do nothing.”
After their tour to Germany scheduled for earlier this year was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, African Vocals have decided to let their voices reach their international audiences online.
“In the pandemic, we couldn’t do anything. It was either do this or do nothing,” said Joel Nambuli of African Vocals.
Nambuli says that the group was crushed by the cancellation of their tour, but that the online platform is a convenient way for their international followers to get and stay in touch.
“We had only a few weeks to go before the tour was set to kick off. Everything was booked already. While online performances are not the best way to see a choir, it is certainly more convenient for the audience who can enjoy it from the comfort of their homes. It is the next best thing.”
The choir’s weekly online shows have garnered quite a loyal following, according to Nambuli.
“We don’t get less than 200 comments on a show and have quite a few people saying they prefer to watch us instead of their soapies. This is quite a compliment,” he says.
According to Nambuli, the tour to Germany is not completely off the cards.
“We don’t know what can be refunded or if any performances can be rescheduled. But we will definitely still go when we are able to do so,” he said.
Although a live performance is preferred, Nambuli believes that online shows could actually enhance the choir despite earlier hesitations about utilising the platform.
“Originally, we had one singer going live on our social media platform every week to talk and sing. When we realised that people were actually interested in it, we decided to get the group together for it. We just wanted to make some Sundays special for choral music lovers and now it has become a routine for our followers to tune in every Sunday.”