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Tuesday October 14, 2014

From The Appleton Post-Crescent

Sweet Honey in the Rock go ‘Fierce’ at 40
By: Shane Nyman

For their 40th anniversary, the women of the revered all-female a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock decided it was time to up the drama.

Their “Forty and Fierce!” show, which celebrates their four-decade run and lands at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in downtown Appleton Tuesday, offers up a whole new Sweet Honey in the Rock experience.

“I think the group has been talking about doing so many things over the last 10 years,” said Carol Maillard, a Philadelphia native and founding member of the Grammy Award-winning group. “Telling stories — telling a little more about who we are because people don’t really know the women in the group. … We wanted to share some things about ourselves. We wanted to use other instrumentation. We wanted visuals. We wanted pictures. We wanted some video. We wanted a director and choreographer. We just wanted some drama.”

Joining Maillard in the task of giving audiences a Sweet Honey show unlike any other are Louise Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel and Aisha Kahlil, who make up the core group of Sweet Honey singers. They’re joined by American Sign Language interpreter Shirley Childress, bassist Romeir Mendez and percussionist Sam Turner.

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