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A chorus of 500 voices sang in impromptu harmony as internationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock invited their audience to sing with them Friday in McCain Auditorium. The spiritual “Wade In The Water” resonated throughout the building, growing louder and stronger with each repetition.

“You could feel it; everyone was getting involved,” said Julia Wallis, senior in public relations and Women of K-State program coordinator. “You can tell they’ve got the spirit in them.”

Sweet Honey In The Rock, or Sweet Honey as the members shorten their name to, is a six-person all African-American female a cappella group. Founded in Washington D.C. in 1973, the group has featured more than 20 members in its ever-changing roster. In 2008 the group was nominated for a Grammy for Best Folk Album. Current group members, singers Aisha Kahlil, Carol Maillard, Louise Robinson, Nitanju Casel, Ysaye Barnwell and sign language interpreter Shirley Saxton, performed a wide range of music for the audience.

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