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A musical genre with a long history on the margins has finally reached mainstream popularity, including gaining increased popularity on college campuses across the nation.

A cappella music is devoid of instruments, as performers in each group mix their voices to create unique covers of instrumental songs. But how did the genre gain such popularity, and how will it evolve now that it has reached a wider audience?

According to Jason Williams, the business manager of the Tufts Beelzebubs, the genre started to gain mass appeal “in the early 1990s. This was probably because of a change in attitude towards a cappella.” Before then, most groups sung in a barbershop style unlike the trendy rock of the era. Slowly but surely, said Williams, arrangements “became more contemporary, more modern and the popularity was bigger.”

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