“Awimbawe, awimbawe, awimbawe, awimbawe” sang Vincent Ziegelbaum as he and Annette Morrison of FoxyKoshka launched into “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” for a group of young children dancing in front of the stage at Green Valley Park.
Ziegelbaum broke off the song to ask the audience to imagine they were in the jungle and he could hear the sound of an animal in the distance.
“I have a hard time identifying this sound,” he said to the children, “maybe you can help me? It goes like this ...” and made the sound of a monkey.
The children all cried out, “Monkey!” and then he made the sound of an elephant, then Tarzan and the children called out the names one by one.
Featured artists in Payson’s Concert in the Park series, FoxyKoshka brought a collection of international songs to Payson Saturday.
World travelers, the pair’s repertoire includes a blend of Latin blues, gypsy swing, rumba, cha-cha and world music. They sing in five languages — English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Russian.
After working together professionally, they became a couple and now live in Flagstaff. They tour Arizona, singing at outdoor concerts, cafés, restaurants and taverns.
Ziegelbaum and Morrison congratulated Emily and Skyler Brice who were married that morning at Payson United Methodist Church.
They sang “I Love You Baby” for them as they danced, Emily wearing her wedding gown. The newlyweds invited their wedding party and friends to join them at the park for their concert.
FoxyKoshka sang, “The More I See You” — Morrison in English, Ziegelbaum in French and then a variety of songs, some in English, some in Spanish.
Their debut album will be released this month.
Payson’s free Concerts in the Park are every Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. during June and July.
The next concert on July 6 features Ryan Biter.