Bobby McFerrin

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Until that point I'd seen music as something to be written down, notated, read. I suddenly realised that to really make music you had to bare your heart and soul. You had to take a trip into the unknown

Bobby McFerrin, theguardian.com, 6 May 2010

Robert Keith “Bobby” McFerrin, Jr. is an American vocalist and conductor. He is best known for his 1988 hit song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”. He is a ten-time Grammy Award winner. He is known for his unique vocal techniques, including giving the illusion of polyphony by singing an accompaniment alongside the melody, making use of percussive effects and making large jumps in pitch; as well as improvising much of his performed music, including melody, chords and sounds in a form of scat singing. He is also known for having performed and recorded regularly as an unaccompanied solo vocal artist. He has frequently collaborated with other artists from both the jazz and classical scenes.