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Running fast in the tracks of their forerunners, this next generation of township a capella bring their laid-back fusion of hip-hop, soul, jazz and afropop for the first time to the 15th Cape Town International Jazz Festival, which starts Friday.

No instruments, no music lessons, just three voices and local jazz inspiration, because that’s all these 20-somethings had during a difficult childhood in Soweto, Johannesburg’s world-famous former blacks-only suburb.

“Growing up in Soweto, you can’t just find a house with a piano, it’s very rare to find a home with a set of drums sitting there,” said Buhle Mda, 26, the group’s only woman member.

“You just use what you have,” she added, sporting vivacious bright red lipstick and black thick-rimmed glasses.

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