From Zurich to Zululand – Thomas Hampson, otherwise known as "America's Baritone," is seen here performing at the Waldolf Astoria in New York City. Having sung in more than 70 opera roles over a career that began in the early 1980s, Hampson is today regarded as one of the world's foremost and prodigious operatic talents.
From Zurich to Zululand – Hampson has won a litany of awards, including multiple Grammys, two Edison Prizes and the coveted Grand Prix de Disque -- the highest award for musical recordings in France. Here he is pictured clasping the award for "singer of the year" at the 2011 ECHO Klassik awards in Berlin.
From Zurich to Zululand – While admired for his knowledge of Western classic music and its traditions, Hampson told CNN that he is also a great believer in experimentation and adaption. He is pictured here in a modern rendition on Mozart's "Don Giovanni."
From Zurich to Zululand – The classically trained singer would need all the versatility he could muster during his "Fusion Journey" to Durban, where he teamed-up with famed South-African singers Ladysmith Black Mambazo -- pictured here during a performance in December 2008.
From Zurich to Zululand – Founded by Joseph Shabalala (left) in 1960, Mambazo shot onto the world stage in 1986, when they collaborated with American singer-songwriter Paul Simon (center) on the hugely successful "Graceland" album. Here, the two are seen performing together at the Library Of Congress Gershwin Prize For Popular Song Gala in Washington, 2007.
From Zurich to Zululand – Before they began collaborating musically, Mambazo granted Hampson a tour of the small township where Shabalala was born and raised. Here, Shabalala points to the back wall of his old garage where the band would rehearse, and on which are inscribed the words: "My soul gives thanks to the Lord."
From Zurich to Zululand – Local kids from the Claremont township look on intrigued. Before enjoying international success, the young band would perform their distinctive brand of traditional Zulu song at nearby singing competitions.
From Zurich to Zululand – Continuing his tour of the region, Mambazo took Hampson to see a group of young traditional Zulu dancers performing at a bar in Durban.
From Zurich to Zululand – At the Phezulu Cultural Park, on the outskirts of Durban, Hampson witnessed the performance of a Zulu marriage ritual, replete with full traditional dress and dancing.
From Zurich to Zululand – Back at Joseph Shabalala's current home in the Durban suburb of Pinetown, Hampson and Ladysmith Black Mambazo begin rehearsing their new creation, combining elements of their contrasting musical traditions to create something new.
From Zurich to Zululand – As the day draws to a close, and with the Valley of a Thousand Hills spreading out behind them, the group perform their fusion creation.