Vocal Chords: South African Singer Bafana on the Wailing Tradition


South African Singer Bafana Nhlapo was born into singing and music as his father noted member of the famous King Star Brothers. While staying true to his roots by singing mostly in his mother tongue isiZulu, Bafana is also a known wailer, a singing culture which stems back to a form of communication to send messages across mountainous areas. In this clip Bafana gives us a sample of wailing in song and explains where this tradition began.

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Photo Credit: Goeun Bae

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