What is “a cappella”? A cappella comes from Italian and means music “in the style of the band”. In the last century, this meant the precise accompaniment of the individual choir parts by an orchestra. For reasons of cost, the orchestra was then more and more eliminated. When we use the term “a cappella” these days, we mean a small group of singers who perform their pieces for the best without instrumental accompaniment. A cappella bands often consist of four to six singers, the genders can be, for example, purely male or completely female. A good balance between the high and low voices is important. The women often use the soprano voice, while the men use the tenor or countertenor voice (hardly available today as this was formerly occupied by eunuchs). These voices often take over the basic melody.
The basis of the sound spectrum is the bass-
A Capella singers or a capella entertainers
Many a capella singers or a capella entertainers mix classic elements from the legendary Comedian Harmonists, with comedy elements or pop interludes. Here a beatboxer or breakdancer is sometimes used to create a surprise effect for the audience. On the other side of the sound spectrum, the bass sings, the deepest male voice, and with sometimes transposed melody phrases, sometimes contrabass-imitating “dum-dum”, provides a broad tonal foundation on which all other voices can then build. Between soprano or countertenor and bass, one finally encounters the alto and tenor, which merge high and low in a pleasant middle register and occupy both melody and accompaniment parts. Apart from the classic vocal parts, there is another person in almost every a cappella band who is responsible for the “beatboxing”.