Experiences with A Capella

To put in simple words, ‘a cappella’ means singing without instruments. Many a cappella groups try to emulate instruments in songs with their vocal cords and mouth. It’s an unknown concept for a lot of people but it has gained a lot of popularity and appreciation in the last decade in India.

I became familiar to the concept about six years ago when my sister joined an a capella society in her college in Delhi University. In the last 2-3 years, I’ve gotten the chance to work with a few a capella groups, but it was only last year that I truly became involved in one. I joined my college’s western music society and was lucky enough to experience an entirely different world of a cappella.

Knowing what to sing, singing the correct notes, and being rhythmically correct is not enough. All the members of an a cappella choir need to blend well together to make it sound perfect. This is what we work towards the entire year.

In Delhi University, almost every college organizes its annual fest in the second semester of every year. Most of the colleges organize a Western Choir Competition where a cappella groups from different colleges compete against each other. All the competitions are highly competitive, but it’s not the results that really inspire all the participating colleges to take part. Being a part of something incredible, learning not only from the society seniors but from other college societies, meeting new people, the exposure, the entire experience is more than special.

My cover of Mexico, originally sung by The Staves, is an a cappella arrangement. I was able to pull it off mainly because of my experience in an a cappella society and because of all the things I’ve learnt over the past year.

Hope you like it!

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