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Songs and Sounds of South Africa

Songs and Sounds of South Africa

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Hear Music from the Opera Troupe, Dimpho di Kopane

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Hear Ladysmith Black Mambazo Perform in Studio 4A

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The unique music of a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a cross between missionary hymn singing and traditional isicathamiya, a call and response vocal style that originated in South Africa. As part of Performance Today's continuing series celebrating the folk roots of classical music, the group performs songs in NPR's Studio 4A.

NPR's Fred Child also takes a look Dimpho di Kopane, a Cape Town-based lyric theater company that performs opera in the Xhosa language. And the Kronos Quartet performs South African composer Kevin Volan's White Man Sleeps.