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On Saturday, April 14, students who were able to attend the UR YellowJackets show in Strong Auditorium, which featured guest groups Howard University’s Afro Blue and Committed, arguably two of the best groups to ever compete on NBC’s hit series “The Sing Off,” were able to see three distinctly different styles taken from the different eras of a cappella.

After a brief opening number from the YellowJackets — a creatively-arranged mashup of Katy Perry’s “Last Friday Night” and Jessie J’s “Domino” — Afro Blue took the stage.

From the second bass Reggie Bowens opened with a beautiful, minute-long scat solo to the moment they left the stage, they asserted while retaining their classy jazz, a cappella style, reminiscent of an actual 1950s jazz band. Behind Bowens and their smooth backing vocals, Afro Blue were able to wow the audience with classic oldies.

Though they opened to strong applause with the hit “American Boy” by Estelle, the number that most impressed was a cover of the late Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.”  The number opened with a beautiful four-part harmony, accelerating into a fast dance number and ending in a rousing standing ovation for the performers.

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