Hilarious impersonator of Tauber and Chaliapin

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Negenbari
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Hilarious impersonator of Tauber and Chaliapin

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The guy could sing!! Never heard of him before. Is there more?

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I found this:http://jacquialexander.co.uk/page4.htm
Born Alexander Witkin in Johannesburg in 1907, Afrique was originally trained as an opera singer... Indeed, in the 1930s, he was a member of the Old Vic Wells Opera Company. Discovering a talent for impersonation, he got a single act together and rapidly became a headliner both in the UK and abroad. Famed for his impression of the then Prince of Wales, he was a much-in-demand 'Abanazer' in panto and constantly employed in West End revue and Variety.
Here he impersonates Gigli: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/afriq ... of-variety

He gets some of his mannerisms right, but sounds nothing like him...

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