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African choir at 13th Century Church in Bern

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Choir singer with two bells

A few Sundays ago, I was walking around Old Bern, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, when I heard a rhythmic choral song being sung in a language I was not familiar with.  I walked towards the music and found myself joining a small crowd, mainly churchgoers, who had congregated outside the doors of the Franzkirche, a French-speaking church that was built in the late 1200’s.  I was mesmerized by the hypnotic singing in rhythm with the swaying movement of the choirmembers.  Before I knew it, they finished and then left.  Never did get any information about this group other than they were from Africa.

Photos taken with Nikon D700 and 80-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens.

Choir member with two hands up

Facing sideways

Bells down

Clapping

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Written by leolaksi

June 23, 2009 at 7:03 am

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