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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Haitian Hip Hop Artist Wyclef Jean Perfected A Cappella

Wyclef grew up in the church. He learned to sign without instruments. Then, he was able to afford some music lessons. He started playing instruments. He never abandoned his roots and beginning. Despite his huge success in the US, he continues to give back to the Haitian people and culture. Way to go, Wyclef!

What is A Cappella? or Vocal Music?

Most Haitians will tell you it is unaccompanied, vocal singing.

Here is how it is defined, "A cappella (Italian[1] for In The Manner of The Church) music is solo or group vocal or singing without instrumental sound, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. A cappella was originally intended to differentiate between Renaissance polyphony and Baroque concertato style. In the 19th century a renewed interest in Renaissance polyphony coupled with an ignorance of the fact that vocal parts were often doubled by instrumentalists led to the term coming to mean unaccompanied vocal music.[2] In modern usage, a cappella often refers to an all-vocal group performance of any style, including barbershop, doo wop, and modern pop/rock. Today, a cappella also includes sample/loop "vocal only" productions by producers like Jimmy Spice Curry, Teddy Riley, Wyclef Jean, and other producers."

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