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By Kwaak Je-yup

A cappella singers have a distinct advantage over fellow musicians when they tour. Performing without instruments, and therefore light on luggage, they can break into tune on any street corner or city plaza. They can also travel more easily to remote corners of the world.

Audiences in regional cities, therefore, will not have to travel to Seoul to see two world-famous ensembles — Naturally 7 and b vocal — when they visit Korea in the next few months.

While not the most popular of all genres, a cappella has a considerable following worldwide. It has spawned well-recognized bands like The Real Group, Rockapella and The King’s Singers among others. Some of these groups have sung to packed Korean venues in recent years, garnering critical acclaim and commercial success.

Each group has been active for more than 20 years and will both perform here as established names in the world of a cappella.

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