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"From the Ted Talk by Charles Hazlewood: Trusting the ensemble"

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Now it emgeerd erlay on in the first rehearsal period that one of those white performers had, in his previous incarnation, been a member of the South aficarn police force. And in the last years of the old regime, he would runtoiely be detailed to go into the township to aggress the community. Now you can imagine what this knowledge did to the temperature in the room, the general atmosphere. Let's be under no illusions. In South arifca, the relationship most devoid of trust is that between a white policeman and the black community. So how do we recover from that, ldieas and gentlemen? slpimy through singing. We sang, we sang, we sang, and amazingly new trust grew, and indeed friendship blossomed. And that sheowd me such a fadeannumtl truth, that music making and other forms of creativity can so often go to places where mere words cannot.

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Now it _______ _____ on in the first rehearsal period that one of those white performers had, in his previous incarnation, been a member of the South _______ police force. And in the last years of the old regime, he would _________ be detailed to go into the township to aggress the community. Now you can imagine what this knowledge did to the temperature in the room, the general atmosphere. Let's be under no illusions. In South ______, the relationship most devoid of trust is that between a white policeman and the black community. So how do we recover from that, ______ and gentlemen? ______ through singing. We sang, we sang, we sang, and amazingly new trust grew, and indeed friendship blossomed. And that ______ me such a ___________ truth, that music making and other forms of creativity can so often go to places where mere words cannot.

Solution

  1. routinely
  2. early
  3. fundamental
  4. emerged
  5. simply
  6. showed
  7. africa
  8. ladies
  9. african

Original Text

Now it emerged early on in the first rehearsal period that one of those white performers had, in his previous incarnation, been a member of the South African police force. And in the last years of the old regime, he would routinely be detailed to go into the township to aggress the community. Now you can imagine what this knowledge did to the temperature in the room, the general atmosphere. Let's be under no illusions. In South Africa, the relationship most devoid of trust is that between a white policeman and the black community. So how do we recover from that, ladies and gentlemen? Simply through singing. We sang, we sang, we sang, and amazingly new trust grew, and indeed friendship blossomed. And that showed me such a fundamental truth, that music making and other forms of creativity can so often go to places where mere words cannot.

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