Kazual serenade Edinboro with an a capella showcase in Frank G. Pogue Student Center

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017 at 4:53 PM
Kazual serenade Edinboro with an a capella showcase in Frank G. Pogue Student Center by Madi Gross
Photo: Madi Gross

Students gathered in the Frank G. Pogue Student Center multipurpose room on Feb. 22 for the “Kazual Experience,” an event put on by the University Programming Board.

Kazual is an a cappella group consisting of three brothers — Playboi, Lil’ Gabe and DMac — and their cousin, EJae. They have been on tour with artists such as Beyonce and Nelly, and were semi-finalists on season 3 of “America’s Got Talent.”

When the doors the multipurpose room opened the group’s members were already on stage. UPB graduate assistant Alie Woodward introduced them after the students were settled into their seats. Group member Playboi introduced the group, discussing where they came from and what the “Kazual Experience” was before the concert began.

Along with their own songs, the group sang covers of songs such as “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes, “All My Life” by K-Ci and JoJo, and “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men. Before starting each song, the group often encouraged the crowd to sing along if they knew the words. All the members of Kazual agreed that “My Girl” by The Temptations is one of their favorite covers to sing because “everybody from age five to 95 knows it.”

The performance included a selection of songs from past to the present, including songs by boybands such as One Direction and N*SYNC. They also invited members of the crowd whose birthdays fell in February on to the stage to serenade them with a special Kazual birthday song.

Lil Gabe explained that Kazual formed in church choir in an interview with The Spectator.

“We were a part of the male section in the choir and that’s where we learned how to harmonize,” he said. “From there, we did local shows, talent shows and then ‘America’s Got Talent’.”

Kazual described their time on “America’s Got Talent” as “nerve-wrecking, great, fun and a bit stressful.” The group kept emphasizing how good of a platform AGT put them on and how thankful they are for that. The performance that sticks out the most for them was when they got to meet Boyz II Men.

Although the group has performed a countless number of shows they admittedly still get nervous before performing. “After we get on stage it’s all good,” said EJae. Kazual stuck around to talk, take pictures with students and teach choreography for their song “Bounce” to a student. Although the “Kazual Experience” at Edinboro has ended, this isn’t the end for the group. They have a short break and then are going to the Strawberry Festival in Florida and are working on new music.

Madi Gross is a contributing writer for The Spectator and can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com.

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