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Howard University's Afro Blue kills it on 'The Sing Off'

September 20, 2011 - 11:30 AM
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Howard University's Afro Blue continues to elevate the reputation of college vocal groups: Last night, the ensemble performed on the NBC a capella singing competition The Sing Off and absolutely nailed a performance of the Corinne Bailey-Rae's "Put Your Records On."

While judge Ben Folds made a stupid joke about his first band also being named Afro Blue, and Sara Bareilles mostly just remarked on how good-looking the members of the ensemble are, Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman threw a bunch of flattering adjectives at the group: "Class, style, slick, smooth, effortless, and fun."

Over at the Washington City Paper, jazz critic Michael J. West also lauded the group's first showing of the season, saying its "low-key performance of the tune" is what "marked it as special," and that they pulled off the great feat of being "a show band that avoided being too showy." Indeed.

The group, competing to win a recording contract and a $100,000 cash prize, advanced to the second round of competition, so if you missed the show last night, you'll have another chance to see the group perform again in two weeks. You can also check out last night's performance below.

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