Life has come full circle for Birmingham a cappella group Black Voices
who are about to record new work with one of Americaâs biggest artists
in the genre. Members of Black Voices are working with Mark Kibble
(Take 6) at the old Hollick and Taylor studios, in Grosvenor Road,
Handsworth, where they made their first recording.
Two decades on, the band have taken over the studio and created a
cultural hub at the renamed Centre for Music and Arts Technology.
After a Â£2 million makeover the studios, which have three recording
rooms and a video editing suite, were reopened in June.
Long serving Black Voices manager Bob Ramdhanie is now the centreâs
operations director. Black Voices musical director Carol Pemberton
said: âWe never dreamed 21 years ago that we would be recording work
in this studio, which we now run.
âItâs a dream come true for us to work with such a renowned artist as
Mark and itâs an honour to have him here.
âOnce weâve got over our nerves, we hope to take Black Voices to a new
level with Mark.
âHe can help us produce a sound that we hope will appeal to a whole
new range of music followers.â
Black Voices are made up of Birmingham-based women including Jennifer
Wallace, Shereece Storrod Sandra Francis, Cecelia Wickham Anderson and
The Birmingham studios have a rich history of attracting artists like
Sir Ken Dodd, Sir Cliff Richard, Roy Wood, Steel Pulse and Jimmy
Cliff. Jasper Carrott recorded his Funky Moped song there, along with
the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band who created the Floral Dance â"
the only brass band to have a top ten hit. And during the 1960s, the
soundtracks for the cult TV series Thunderbirds were also recorded