26 March 2012, Monday / HATICE AHSEN UTKU, İSTANBUL The song “Don’t Worry Be Happy” -- a joyous and relaxing tune performed with only one musical instrument, the human voice -- became an anthem in the 1980s and made its singer, Bobby McFerrin, a worldwide star.
McFerrin, the a cappella legend who describes his music simply as “improvisation, spontaneity, motion and making stuff up,” is headed to İstanbul this week for a concert Wednesday evening at İş Sanat in Maslak.
McFerrin grew up in a house full of music. “Both of my parents were singers. My father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera Company, and he was also an incredible voice teacher, very strict and serious. I used to sit under the piano while he taught lessons. My mother was the soprano soloist in our church choir and she taught voice at the university level. There was always music playing in the house, jazz and opera, all styles. I always knew I’d grow up to be a musician but at first I wanted to be an instrumentalist. I started working as a musician when I was about 14, as a piano player. I was 27 before I realized I was really a singer,” McFerrin said in a recent interview with Today’s Zaman.