Tuesday March 05, 2013
From The Huffington Post
Sweet Honey In the Rock Is Ready to Rock NYC
By: Margie Goldsmith
Sweet Honey In The Rock is coming to B.B. King’s on March 5th. It’s been 39 years since this all female African-American a cappella group was formed and for four decades the group has been singing out for justice, truth and entertaining, educating and empowering audiences. The only difference between now and 40 years ago is that the present audiences now include three family generations.
“Their genres of music have expanded,” says Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, singer, composer, arranger, author and master teacher who has been with the group for 34 years. “The subject matter has also expanded as individual members and the group seek to articulate what is important: domestic violence, immigration, hazards of work, greed, education, HIV/AIDS, respect for elders and ancestors, issues of growing up, spirituality and racism, for example.”
I recently caught up with Dr. Ysaye Barnwell, whom I’d met a couple of years ago at an Omega Institute singing workshop. Fortunately, she had enough time to answer a few questions.
To read the interview click here