African A Capella singng

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  • Created on: 15-05-11 14:27

Background information:

  • Acapella is just singing without accompaniment.
  • A lot of religious music was swung unaccompanied.
  • In the Renaissance period, the Catholic Mass would often be sung unaccompanied. A lot of Jewish and Islamic music is also traditionally sung without accompaniment.
  • Gradually, the term a capella came to just mean 'without accompaniment', whether it was performed in the chapel or not.
  • Some all-male groups sing a capella, like barbershop quartets.
  • South African all-male choirs sing a capella. Their music has been made famous by the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
  • Mbube and Isicathamiya are both types of African singing.


  • 'Mbube' is a Zulu word for…


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