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A report about A cappella music in which the voices take on the role of accompaniment instruments. The harmonies are arranged with special emphasis being given to strong tenor and bass lines which give the music its characteristic sound and an overall balance. Interspersed with footage of the vocal ensemble, Black Voices singing 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika'.
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28 September 1992

Classroom Ideas

Teach the students the basic melody line of 'Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika' as a class, then split them into groups and ask them to add their own harmonies. Some groups may require the chords in order to support them, but students should be encouraged to experiment by singing and improvising.

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