North Carolina's Premier South Asian Fusion A Capella Group

Author: Deekshita Ramanarayanan

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The New Kids

After an exhausting week of auditions and callbacks, we found some amazing additions to our team. Meet Samaa’s newest members!

Sne Parikh is a first-year from Rahway, NC, and is studying health policy and management. His favorite song to sing in the shower is “Let’s Get it On” by Pentatonix, and his guilty pleasure is blasting pop music when no one is around and “getting weird”. This year in Samaa, Sne is excited to make music with such an experienced and cultured group of men and women.

Kaan Peksenar is a sophomore from Raleigh, NC, and is studying economics. His favorite song to sing in the shower is anything by Justin Timberlake or John Legend, and his guilty pleasure is to binge watch Netflix comedies and thrillers on weekends. This year in Samaa, Kaan is excited to get started and to get his first taste of formal musical training!

Sowmya Mangipudi is a junior from Seattle, WA, and is studying health policy and management. Her favorite song to sing in the shower is “Royals” by Lorde, with some Beyoncé occasionally thrown in, and her guilty pleasure is One Tree Hill. This year in Samaa, Sowmya is excited to sing cool mashups and to hang out with a bunch of awesome people!

Jubayer Ahmed is a senior from Garner, NC, and is studying nutrition. He likes to sing anything by Arjit Singh in the shower but his favorite is “Tum Hi Ho”, and his guilty pleasure is eating ice cream, especially when it is stolen from his little brother! This year in Samaa, Jubayer is looking forward to being with a great group who has just as much excitement about music and to be able to experience and see what a cappella truly is.

Welcome to the team! We have loved singing with you guys so far!

Keep checking back here to see what else we get up to this year!

Fall Fest, Baseball and more!

Welcome, all you lovely visitors! First of all, thank you all so much for checking out our website, and we are so excited to share what we’ve got going on with y’all!

We had the great privilege to perform at Mr. and Mrs. Prajapati’s wedding last week! This was so special to us because the groom was none other than the brother of our very own Tini Prajapati. We had a blast performing for them, and we wish the couple success and happiness in their marriage.

And we have even more exciting news for you! Samaa will be presenting an acapella performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Durham Bulls game versus the Charlotte Knights this Sunday. We are so honored to be given this chance to sing at the game.

But that’s not all! This Sunday is also the day of the famous UNC Fall Fest! We will be performing on the stage at Fall Fest at around 1 AM, so if you’ll be around South Road, make sure you check us out! We will also be around before our performance to recruit for our Fall Auditions. If you are a UNC student and love to sing, we want to hear you! You can learn more about our auditions here, and sign up here.

We are so grateful for the opportunities we have been given, and for all of our wonderful supporters! We would not be here without you!

That’s all for now, but keep checking back here and on our social media- we have got some amazing things coming up!

Love, Samaa

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