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Global A Cappella: NAVF 2016

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Ever thought of a cappella as an unfamiliar or uncommon genre? Think again! With just 3 weeks to go before the Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2016, we’ve been looking at just how popular a cappella has become worldwide; the results are astounding!

Not only has the popularity of a cappella singing sky rocketed in mainstream media, but this spectacular musical genre has also become a global force; vocal groups from all regions of the world have decided to ditch the instruments to sing completley unaccompanied for that extraordinary melodic effect.

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South African Zulu Male Choir will perform Imbube and Isicathamiya singing traditions during NAVF 2016

From upbeat US-born TV series Glee to box office hit Pitch Perfect, mainstream media channels have increasingly been choosing to marvel at the wonder that is a cappella; including of course, our very own Gareth Malone, creating choirs and a cappella groups on prime time TV.

This global expression of a cappella performance will be celebrated during this year’s NAVF festival, with performances from South African Zulu Male Choir and Colombian-born Camilo Menjura; both set to dazzle our audiences on Friday 19th February in the Queens Hall, Narberth.

Having previously performed in front of South African revolutionary Nelson Mandela – and having toured the UK, Europe and further afield – the South African Zulu Male Choir promise to deliver the masterful, unaccompanied harmonies of the Imbube and Isicathamiya singing traditions – those of which originated from the mines of Southern Africa – to our Friday night NAVF audience.

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Camilo Menjura will perform his Latin-American Folk music during NAVF 2016

Also scheduled to demonstrate the truly global nature of a cappella, is award-winning singer and choir-leader Camilo Menjura, delivering his incredible repetoire of Latin-American Folk music. Not only does Camilo convey melodies taken from the South American musical landscape, he also delivers harmonies learnt through previous collaborations with artists from all over the world, including the AMJ Collective (Jamaica-UK-Cuba) and Amira Kheir (Sudan).

With these performances, we’re hoping to demonstrate the immense diversity and capabilities of a cappella as both vocal practice and musical genre; providing plenty of inspiration to aspiring a cappella singers, and any of our audience members looking to expand their a cappella experiences.

The festival itself will run from Thursday 18th – Sunday 21st February. The Sons of Pitches – Gareth Malone’s latest ‘Naked Choir’ triumph – will headline the festival on Saturday 20th in the Queens Hall. Other acts to perform include Ffynnon, Cordydd and Cor Pawb.

For tickets & more info visit the NAVF website here or email us at info@navf.co.uk

We hope to see you there!

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Narberth A Cappella Voice Festival 2016

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Kathryn Lambert

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