African A Capella

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  • African A Capella Singing
    • It is sung without accompaniment
    • It has been made famous by the group 'Ladysmith Black Mambazo'
    • Mbube
      • Loud and powerful
      • Usually sung by all-male choirs, though some groups also have a female singer
      • It has 1 or 2 high-pitched lead vocals over a 4-part harmony bass line
      • It originated from when Zulu men left home to work in the mines
    • Isicathamiya
      • Soft and gentle
      • The groups are usually all-male
      • It focuses on blending the voices in harmony
      • It uses 4-part harmonies in call and response (antiphony)
      • It has stamps and tip-toeing to keep the singers in time
        • Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba Sithi uhm ingonyama Nants ingonyama bagithi baba Sithi uhhmm ingonyama Ingonyama Siyo Nqoba Ingonyama Ingonyama nengw' enamabala
          • (You don't need to know this for the exam but if you don't know it then you need to sort your life out)


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