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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

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Bobby McFerrin last sighted in Australian Outback

Queensland, Australia: Attempts by Australian forest authorities to locate jazz singer and 10-time Grammy Winner Bobby McFerrin are being hampered by the mimicry of his voice by the Australian Lyrebird long famed for its ability to mimic any sound in its environment from chainsaws to literally Bobby McFerrin who has failed to return to camp having gone missing last week. McFerrin was on a sightseeing trip to the area with other jazz musicians.

Forest Official ; "The problem is this mate, we've got two sensational vocal phenomena competing to survive in the South Queensland tropical rainforest area, the lyrebird and Bobby McFerrin. We believe rather than staying in the one spot Bobby's moving around as part of his tactics to blend into the environment and stay ahead of predators. McFerrin probably had a ball to start with by getting to practice his vocal techniques in a unique environment, but there's the worry now that he's half-starved and disorientated. Now it turns out he's been mimicked fairy comprehensively by a local species of lyrebird. The mates that are out there looking for him think they can hear McFerrin singing "Don't Worry Be Happy" and when they think they've located where he's at, it turns out it's not bloody McFerrin, it's one of those bloody birds! He's one of the all time musical greats but he's running out of time!"

McFerrin shot to prominence in the 1980s with a series of soft-focus videos showcasing his phenomenal if sometimes irritating vocal abilities. Australian authorities have not ruled out bringing in some of McFerrin's previous collaborators such as Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea " to play stuff he would recognise like 7 sharp 11 or the Lydian Dominant scale."

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