Welcome to Competition Countdown!

Host Rachael Schoenbaum interviews a cappella groups competing for glory in various competitions. Follow to see what’s up with your favorite groups as they vie for greatness on the stage!

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Spectrum

Episode 256 (0:10:21)

Spectrum

Spectrum A Cappella is from Vanderbilt University. This year, they have advanced to the finals for the A3 competition, where they ultimately placed third in the nation, along with winning an award for Outstanding Vocal Percussion! Congrats to the team!

Listen to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPe-OdBkPZJx6xsmrmLO50A

2022 (7) | All-American Awaaz (14) |

Hum A Cappella

Episode 255 (0:10:36)

Hum A Cappella

Hum A Cappella is a South Asian fusion a cappella team at The University of Texas at Austin. Hum uses only their voices to create a blend of South Asian and American musical culture. Since their founding in 2001 (making them the first group of their kind in the South), Hum has evolved into a group of diverse vocalists who love to share their love of music through performances, competitions, and studio album recordings. They will be competing in the A3 finals on Apr 16th.

The team won awards for Outstanding Solo in a South Asian Song, Outstanding Solo in a Non-South Asian Song, AND Outstanding Arrangement! Congrats!

Listen to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/utxhum

2022 (7) | All-American Awaaz (14) |

Dhunki A Cappella

Episode 254 (0:10:14)

Dhunki A Cappella

In Hindi, ‘Dhunki’ means ‘spellbound.’ The name also contains the Hindi word ‘Dhun,’ which means ‘tune’ or ‘melody.’ This Hindi name symbolizes this group’s focus on the areas of South Asian music and culture. Their goal is to spread their culture throughout the community by the means of a unique style of music in which Eastern and Western themes collide in intricately arranged mashups. This style will be showcased to the max at A3 finals.

The team came in first place this year and won a special award for outstanding visual performance! Congrats!

Listen to their YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DhunkiMusic

2022 (7) | All-American Awaaz (14) |

Dhamakapella

Episode 253 (0:11:47)

Dhamakapella

Based out of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, Dhamakapella is a South Asian fusion a cappella group. They derive their influences from Indian classical, contemporary Bollywood, pop, dubstep, and electronic genres. Within three years of its creation in 2005, Dhamakapella grew into a sixteen-member group, with singers of various and diverse styles. Since they began competing in 2011, they have accrued 20 national titles and 27 individual awards at competitions across the United States, including this year at ICCA. The team will be vying for another title to add to the list: winner of A3 2022!

The team came in second this year! Congrats!

Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/Dhamakapella

2022 (7) | All-American Awaaz (14) |

Basmati Beats

Episode 252 (0:12:09)

Basmati Beats

Basmati Beats is Rice University's premier South Asian a cappella group! Founded in 2013, the group has since competed in national competitions and performed at venues all around Houston and Texas. They'll be taking the A3 finals stage on Apr 16.

Listen on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWvTwkv6B7BM0pqxhY9m6pw

2022 (7) | All-American Awaaz (14) |

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