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...The South African singer Solomon Linda’s song “Mbube” became so popular that an entire genre of a cappella music was named in its honor. Born in 1909 on a labor reserve near Ladysmith, Linda grew up around traditional Zulu music...
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...When the group Ladysmith Black Mambazo was approached by Paul Simon to work on his 1986 album Graceland, it had already dominated the South African mbube scene for almost twenty-five years. In 1960, Joseph Shabalala formed the Black Ones...

Barbershop Quartet

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...A barbershop quartet is an a cappella vocal group comprising tenor, lead, baritone and bass voices, which performs in a style featuring a flexible tempo, a preponderance of dominant seventh chords, ringing harmonics, characteristic...

Street Cries

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a Fellow of Oxford Brookes University. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...A ‘street cry’ is a form of call developed for the purpose of attracting customers to purchase commodities from a vendor. Street cries have been sufficiently melodious to be considered a form of popular singing in their own right, and have...

Male Voice Choirs

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Male voice choirs are amateur male-only clubs for part-singing, formally organized with rules and a constitution, self-financed and led by a conductor who may or may not be an employee of the group. Male choirs have a wider...

Karaoke

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Karaoke is a performance technique using a piece of equipment that enables a person to sing along to a prerecorded accompaniment. The word ‘karaoke’ is a combination of two Japanese words: kara, meaning ‘empty’ or ‘vacant,’ and oke...

Sean-nós

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Sean-nós, meaning ‘old style,’ is a style of singing that belongs to the Irish tradition. It is a solo art – the voice is unaccompanied by an instrument, and any accompaniment by other singers is in unison, as Irish traditional music...

Yodeling

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Yodeling is a singing style that alternates in a controlled way between two distinct registers of the voice. Yodeling has been used in many cultures both for music and for signaling, but its presence in popular music derives from folkloric...

R&B and Rock ‘n’ Roll Vocal Groups

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Rhythm and blues (R&B) vocal groups flourished in the United States in the 1940s and 1950s. The groups, male or female, usually consisted of four voices (lead tenor, tenor, baritone and bass in the case of male groups), although...

Singing (Revised 2018)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Singing is a particular form of human utterance that may be defined as a subset of the larger category of vocalization. Within this category, it is often distinguished from speech and para-linguistic types of utterance (howling, whimpering,...