Duwende (Doo-WEN-day) is an award-winning six-person a cappella group based out of New York. Each member of the group adds his or her own characteristics and talent to the group, giving the ensemble the credibility of an a cappella outfit and the persona of a band. The group is best known for its fiercely original, bass-and-beatbox-driven funk and pop style of music and has headlined major a cappella festivals such as the East Coast Summit, SoJam, and AcappellaStock.
Duwende's albums Radio Screaming (2004) and Collective (2007) won the 2005 and 2008 Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards for Best Pop/Rock Album and Best Pop/Rock Original Song from The Contemporary A Cappella Society. Billboard Magazine also chose the group as "One of the Top Indie Acts to Look Out For." More recently, Duwende released a Michael Jackson tribute album titled Remember: The Music of Michael Jackson (2011), which contains covers of some of The King of Pop's biggest hits, including "Billie Jean," "Black or White," and "Rock with You." The members of Duwende, who cite MJ as their biggest inspiration, put their own original spin on his classic songs, showcasing their versatility and creativity. The collection is the band's first cover album. Tonight, in honor of Jackson's birthday, Duwende will perform cuts from the album, along with numerous surprises.