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Groundbreaking group’s nectar of voices still strong at 40

Sweet Honey in the Rock is set to perform Friday at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
Sweet Honey in the Rock is set to perform Friday at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.
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Sweet Honey in the Rock will mark its 40th anniversary next year with big changes.

In May of this year, longtime member Ysaye Barnwell, who first joined the all-female African-American a cappella ensemble in 1979, retired, making the group a quartet for the first time in many years. When Bernice Johnson Reagon, who retired in 2004, founded the group in Washington, D.C., in 1973, it was also a quartet, but rather than go back ...

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