Competition Countdown: 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

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Competition Countdown: 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

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Competition Countdown: 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

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Competition Countdown: 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

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Competition Countdown: 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

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Competition Countdown: UW Awaaz

Awaaz is the premier co-ed South Asian fusion a cappella team at the University of Washington. The team was founded in 2009 and is made up of singers who come from various musical backgrounds. This group aims to fuse South Asian and Western vocal music through melodious and rhythmic a cappella arrangements. From popular Bollywood and Indian classical melodies to catchy American pop and hip hop tunes, the group covers many different genres of songs, adding their own flavor to the music they produce. That flavor will be on display at the A3 finals, but before that, they are talking to us!

Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AWAAZuw

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Competition Countdown: Anokha

Anokha is the University of Maryland’s one and only co-ed South Asian American Fusion A Cappella group. Anokha omeans rare or unique. Comprised of a group of talented young men and women, Anokha seeks to spread Indian and American culture and music to the community by performing popular Indian film and pop songs, in an array of languages including Hindi, Tamil, and Punjabi, as well as by performing English pop, rock, R&B, and alternative music. Founded in 2001, Anokha has established itself as one of the oldest and most unique South Asian Fusion A Cappella teams in the country. The group is regular in the A3 circuit and will be competing in finals again!

Listen on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AnokhaUMD

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Competition Countdown: Taza Tal

Rachael sits down with All-American Awaaz finalists, Taza Tal from UC Santa Cruz to talk about their mash up of Touch It and Maate Vinadhuga, which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6KdiNJjTWg.

Learn more about the team here: https://www.facebook.com/UCSCTazaTal.

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Competition Countdown: Naya Zamaana

Rachael sits down with All-American Awaaz finalists, Naya Zamaana from UCLA to talk about their mash up of original songs, War of Hearts and Bekhayali, which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D16DSkxzSNo.

Learn more about the team here: https://www.facebook.com/nayazamaana.

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Competition Countdown: Dil Se

Rachael sits down with All-American Awaaz finalists, Dil Se from UC Berkeley to talk about their tune Main Hoon Na, which you can check out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PnYGFExd4s.

Learn more about the team here: https://www.facebook.com/ucberkeleydilse.

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