Sonja Kandels


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The Power of Voive
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Sonja Kandels



Afro Jazz Singer & Vocal Coach

Workshops, seminars, training

Sonja Kandels

· short biography and current projects ·
The Artist

Sonja Kandels’ singing style and her artistic ideas emanate from her childhood experiences in Africa. After studying arts and jazz music in Germany, she began performing as a jazz singer. For her music projects and workshops, Sonja has been granted several scholarships from the German government, some of which led her back to Africa in order to work with musicians in Senegal and Cameroon or to study the Baka Pygmies in the rain forest between Cameroon and Congo.
Today, Sonja’s artistic work as a singer and bandleader is a multifaceted, dynamic fusion of African music and modern jazz, far beyond stereo-typical folklore or drumming groups.
With the greatest ease, Sonja Kandels is singing in English, French, Portuguese, or African dialects. And when all these languages are not sufficient to express her feelings, she sings in her own fantasy language, using her voice as an instrument and reproducing the whole ethno-sound in a natural way.
In 2005, Sonja founded the choir project “The Power Of Voice”. Based on workshops on African tradition and singing and meeting other choirs, the Power of Voice project found international recognition and stages in Europe and Africa.
As a painter, Sonja Kandels enjoys portraying scenes of life or playing with our African heritage.

  • Sonja Kandels Band

    A dynamic fusion of traditional African sounds and modern jazz. With her music and her vocal workshops, Sonja Kandels takes her audience on a journey through Jazz music and its roots in several African regions.

  • The Power of Voice project

    is her much acclaimed choir project for children and choirs. Sonja has been conducting workshops in Europe and Africa reaching thousands of people and captivating both children and adults by her natural and authentic way of teaching and imparting her knowledge of jazz music and African culture and traditions.

  • Under Joburg Skies

    Watch new videos of Sonja's work with young talented singers in Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Melting Pot

    Visit an exposition at Rudolf-Steiner-Haus in Bonn with her paintings from 30 May to 4 September (Finnisage concert on 4 September).


New Video: When the moon
Live @ Johannesburg
Live · Pygmysinging
Short Cuts

Sonja Kandels Band LIVE snippets

Power of Voice

Africa Forum: Choir sings AyAy Bimbam

Power of voice

Africa Forum w/ Horst Köhler TV docu


Vocal seminar, Video by Goethe Inst., Dakar


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