Sweet Honey in the Rock are a dynamic, virtuosic, all-female a cappella group with a repertoire rooted in African choral, blues, gospel, and jazz. Earning an international following since their inception in 1973, the group use only body- and hand-held percussion to accompany their vocalizations, if using any accompaniment at all. Formed in Washington, D.C. by Bernice Johnson Reagon, then vocal director of the D.C. Black Repertory Theater, the ensemble has changed membership over time, with over 20 women having contributed to a lineup usually numbering four to six. Sweet Honey in the Rock perform arrangements of popular and traditional works but compose much of their own music, which often focuses on women's issues and topics of social injustice, while also addressing family, community, and personal development-minded themes, including ...
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