The Power In Vocal Communities | Ysaye Barnwell | TEDxBeaconStreet





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Published on Dec 15, 2015

There is an awesome power in the human voice, and when uncommon voices are blended for a shared goal (for example: children at play or marchers singing at demonstrations) we become a community of individuals absorbed in a shared communal experience. Technology is changing some fundamental aspects of how, when, where and why we communicate as humans beings, but our voices - blended in song - articulate shared goals, causes, ideologies passions, beliefs, faiths, work, rituals, and tell our collective stories. Our blended voices are the core of our humanity. Try it. You’ll love it.

Barnwell was a Professor at the Howard University College of Dentistry for over a decade. She has administered public health programs at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center and at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Barnwell is a commissioned composer, author, and actress, and is best known as a vocalist and recording artist who for 34 years, was a member of the a cappella ensemble SWEET HONEY IN THE ROCK. For 30 years, she has conducted her Building a Vocal Community Workshops, and led Community Sings, across the United States and on three other continents. She encourages everyone to feel the awesome power of their voices blended in song. "All that is required is a willingness to sing.”

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


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