Anima Acapella - A Magical Mix of World Influences, Jazz and Soul
anima group photograph
jo foster
musical shakers

Gaia may be asleep in an underground cavern but one day she will awake, and meanwhile we sing songs to the anima mundi - the soul of the world and the sea...

Anima is the breath of life which animates, the powerful wind which blows away the cobwebs and makes you sing.

Inspirational songs of enchantment and soul quests by Joanna Foster weave a magical fusion of world influences, jazz and soul.

Following in the footsteps of Bobby Mcferrin and Sweet Honey in the Rock, Anima take acapella singing to new heights; blending their voices together with such skill that it is hard to know where one voice ends and another begins.

The rich diversity of these four actor/singers ranges from acting with The Royal Shakespeare Company to singing jazz, folk and pop, playing with the Penguin Cafe Orchestra and performing at The Royal Opera House.

Singers are Cleo Bayley, Joanna Foster, Stephen D. Fletcher and Barbara Gellhorn.

"...the music is always fantastic" - The Guardian

"...the depth and power of Foster's jazz inflected songs stand up to the competition...Her songs are witty and intelligent, and the music flows beautifully..." - Now Magazine,

“...sensitive, versatile contemporary singing with lots of joy, fire and feeling.” - Kindred Spirit Music Magazine

“...originals by Joanna Foster are complex quilts in a Sweet Honey in the Rock tradition...A definite find for fans of female voices” - Ladyslipper Magazine USA

“...blows the socks off many contemporary groups...”
- Now Magazine

“...a combination of raw primaeval expression & great sophistication......” - Orlando Gough

Recent Activity

Dec 2012 St John at Hackney Church

July 2012 Unitarian Chapel Stratford, London

June 2012 Bridport Arts Centre, Dorset

June 2012 Leigh on Sea festival

April 2012 The Atrium at Chelsea and Westminster hospital, London

April 2012 The Rag Factory, London

March 2012 ‘Ocean of Song’ at St John at Hackney Church, London

March 2012 ‘What the River Sings’ - Grand Union Orchestra - Trinity Buoy Wharf London

March 2012 EP launch at The Nave, Islington, London

Feb 2012 Anima Live at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospital

Oct 2011 The Ludskis at the Rio Cinema Dalston, London

July 2011 Clapton Festival, London

July 2011 Rembrandt Gardens, London

Feb 2011 The Nave, Islington, London


nick sellek