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Shlomo gives me a beatboxing masterclass

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Samara Ginsberg Samara Ginsberg | 13:50 UK Time, Friday, 20 November 2009

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Among the many awesome musicians playing with Cleveland Watkiss last night to celebrate Cleveland Watkiss at 50, Shlomo was one of the most impressive. This man is an absolutely incredible beatboxer, taking the human voice to the absolute limits of virtuosity. During the concert, Shlomo collaborated with Cleveland and several other musicians to create a sort of jazz-meets-drum n bass improvisation. And if anybody was in any doubt that improvisation really is genuinely made up on the spot, Shlomo assures me that when he went out on stage at the QEH, it was the first time that set of musicians had ever played together at all. I caught up with him backstage and persuaded him to give me a beatboxing masterclass. What do you reckon - should I give up the day job?

Listen to our conversation.

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