With a blend of beat box, gospel and some 1950s girl group grooves, the Canadian quintet Chic Gamine sings sweeping a capella tunes amid a back drop of expressive percussion.
The group, made up of singers, Annick Bremault, Ariane Jean, Alexa Dirks, and Andrina Turenne, and drummer Alexandre Sacha Daoud landed a 2009 Juno Award, like a Canadian Grammy, for best roots/traditional album of the year for their first self-titled record.
Chic Gamine will be following up that effort with a second album, "City City" to drop Oct. 12--a lush departure from the previous work.
Some of their songs are in French, and some of the songs are in English but they all speak the language of sultry and soul. By listening to them you would almost forget you're not in a Southern temple.
Other songs that incorporate more world music characteristics like that of Brazilian beats and vocal styling would make you forget the group is actually from the cold northern metropolis of Montreal.
Chic Gamine is an interesting group with a refreshing take on various genres that will make you remember why you listen to music in the first place.
See them perform their own brand of jams tonight in Kenai starting at 7:30 p.m. the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium (tickets are $20, $10 for students) courtesy of the Performing Arts Society.
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