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A CAPELLA CROSSOVER (article first published : 2004-07-30)

While a capella (unaccompanied) music is a major influence in the lives of many singers and music lovers in KZN, various styles often exist side by side.

Those with European backgrounds or ancestry may be familiar with choral chants, folk music, sea shanties and singalongs in pubs or at social gatherings.

Those of African descent will have grown up in the culture of amahubo (hymns) and its subsequent song/dance style of isicathamiya which was made internationally famous by Ladysmith Black Mambazo when Paul Simon launched his Graceland Tour.

While music lovers follow differing styles of music, they all understand the a capella medium. In a unique, exciting and ground-breaking project, Friends of Music will showcase the European and African styles and allow the two identities to "cross over" to present an exhilarating combination.

Made possible by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund with kickstart funding from Durban Arts Association, A Capella Crossover will feature two male acapella choirs. These are the top KZN prize-winning isicathamiya group NBA Champions and PRISMA under the direction of Rina du Plooy which comprises present and former members of the Port Natal Music Ensemble.

The first half of the programme will see PRISMA singing Baroque music, Afrikaans folk tunes and choral works alongside NBA Champions who will present the full-on vibrancy of isicathamiya.

The second half of the programme represents the cultural "crossover". PRISMA will sing indigenous music in Zulu and Xhosa while the NBA Champions will sing in English or Afrikaans. As the programme draws to a close, both choirs combine to sing well-known Zulu songs in the isicathamiya style with full-on choreography.

A Capella Crossover represents the culmination of an exciting developmental project. It has been devised and directed by Caroline Smart with musical direction by Ros Conrad.

The performance will take place on August 10 at 19h45 at the Durban Jewish Centre. A cash bar is available and there is safe parking. Tickets cost R40 (R30 for Friends of Music) and R15 for students. Booking is through Computicket on 011 340 8000.




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