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September 24, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Can American singers do justice to the traditional and contemporary music of Eastern Europe? If longevity is any indicator, the a cappella Oakland-based group Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble has reason to smile. The all-female choir that began in 1979 as an informal, co-ed gathering of amateur singers called the Westwind International Folk Ensemble has evolved over its 20-year existence into a professional, critically praised women's group known for its command of Balkan and Slavic vocal stylings.
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September 24, 1999 | JOHN ROOS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Can American singers do justice to the traditional and contemporary music of Eastern Europe? If longevity is any indicator, the a cappella Oakland-based group Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble has reason to smile. The all-female choir that began in 1979 as an informal, co-ed gathering of amateur singers called the Westwind International Folk Ensemble has evolved over its 20-year existence into a professional, critically praised women's group known for its command of Balkan and Slavic vocal stylings.
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December 19, 1999 | KARIN ESTERHAMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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August 17, 2001 | SCARLET CHENG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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