Aug 7, 2013 / 208 notes

South Africa:

The Ngqoko Cultural Group

I was once allowed the unforgettable privilege of sneaking backstage to snap some shots of my favourite traditional group from South Africa.  The results are above.

Listen to their incredible overtone singing here.


Considered to be national treasures in South Africa, the members of Ngqoko are masters of the African bow (ancestors of the Brazilian berimbau) and the only practitioners of the extraordinary 3,000-year-old vocal style known as split tone singing (a highly developed form of overtone singing). This ensemble is one of the few guardians of Xhosa culture, maintaining the survival of indigenous South African traditions. Over the past two decades, Ngqoko has taken its music from obscurity to worldwide acclaim. Edited from: worldmusic.org

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