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A CAPPELLA CROSSOVER (article first published : 2004-08-11)

The ever enterprising Friends of Music organisation took a step in a new direction in last nightís A Cappella Crossover concert at the Durban Jewish Centre. Funded by the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund with kickstart funding from the Durban Arts Association, the concert was dedicated to a cappella music from two very different traditions.

A cappella, literally in the chapel style, means unaccompanied singing, and two compact groups of singers provided a very entertaining evening. Prisma is the name of a 10 member all-male team that has won prizes at many eisteddfods and has given many other public performances. NBA Champions is the cheerful; and uninhibited name of an award-winning Zulu group specialising in isicathamiya, strongly rhythmical polyphonic singing that is mainly concerned with religion and folk lore.

In this concert the two teams alternated and then joined forces, with great effect. Their separate items made an interesting contrast. Prisma concentrated mainly on slightly sentimental Afrikaans and English songs, their best item being, in my opinion, a brief and jaunty version of Ainít She Sweet? Their diction was exceptionally clear.

NBA Champions were led by the wonderfully energetic and forceful Hamilton Mbatha, who has been involved in this kind of music for 30 years and has, inter alia, taught students in Sweden about Zulu culture. Although the programme did not give the words of these songs their meaning came across quite vividly. And, incidentally, the visual effect was good too, the Prisma singers being neatly clad in black shirts and trousers, with ties, and the NBA Champions in red jackets, black pants, bow ties and rather spectacular shoes.

Caroline Smart, who devised and directed the entire operation, deserves applause for her initiative and insight.

The eveningís Prelude Performers, also funded by the National Lottery, were a group of seven steel drummers led and introduced by Bryan Clarke. To an accompaniment of recorded music they displayed dexterity and rhythm on variety of homely drums, showing what can be achieved with simple means. - Michael Green




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