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Choir uses their bodies to sound like a rainstorm in unforgettable performance of popular song
When the chorus started, I got goosebumps.
Valerie Ablang
01.13.23

Can you imagine a choir performing without using their voice?

The Angel City Chorale impressed its audience with the sound from their hands.

The chorale from South California was able to recreate the sound of the rainstorm using their HANDS!!

Isn’t that amazing?

At the start of their performance, some group members rubbed their hands together, making the same melody of flowing water.

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YouTube Screenshot - Angel City Chorale

Then, the sound formed slowly builds up as the number of performers rubbing their hands increases.

Listening to their performance would take you back to the rainforest.

The group duplicates the music of rain that is starting to drop by snapping their fingers together.

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YouTube Screenshot - Angel City Chorale

The clicking sound of fingers was followed by taps on their legs, making it look like a letdown of the rain.

After that, the group was divided into two, and the first group of members jumped, followed by the second.

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YouTube Screenshot - Angel City Chorale

The movement made a sound similar to that of thunder.

Then, the choir transitioned back to the snapping of fingers and slowly faded away as the number of performers doing the action decreased.

Angel City Chorale performed the hit song ‘Africa.’

After recreating the sound of the thunderstorm, the 160 performers of the group started the introduction of the popular song by the rock band Toto.

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YouTube Screenshot - Angel City Chorale

Their song rendition perfectly blended with the voices of their soloists and the rest of the chorale group.

No wonder why their performance became internet viral, having 22 million views after almost a decade of being uploaded.

The popular 1980s song was certified eight times platinum.

Even though the song first hit the United States Billboard Hit chart in 1982, it did not lose its charm.

It resurfaced in 2010 and has received platinum recognition eight times.

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Composed by David Paich, the song’s lyrics pertain to a lonely person in his pursuit of meeting a missionary.

The performer, Angel City Chorale, is a non-profit organization that aims to unite people through a song.

The artistic director, Sue Fink, started the group, which grew bigger as the number of members increased.

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YouTube Screenshot - Angel City Chorale

Their recent accomplishments include their performance at America’s Got Talent, where they earned a golden buzzer.

The said performance was able to send out its message of unity and diversity to people all over the world.

Angel City Chorale’s “Africa” video captivates the soul and transports you to the moment while listening to the pattering rain on a gloomy day.

It’s like a magical moment to hear the choir sing with their angelic voices.

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YouTube Screenshot - Angel City Chorale

The perfect timing of the accompaniment instruments, harmony, and chorus deserves to be recognized.

It’s also noteworthy to highlight the visual effects during the bewitching performance.

Their performance is one of the most outstanding versions of the song.

Whether it be the director, the soloists, or the whole group, the way they delivered the song was highly remarkable.

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YouTube Screenshot - Angel City Chorale

What a fantastic way to put a different spin on a cover!

Watch the full performance in the video below!

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By Valerie Ablang
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Valerie Ablang is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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