Pine Belt residents will have the opportunity to hear the choir when members perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at Good Hope Baptist Church in Purvis.
The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.
The program features well-loved children's songs, traditional Spirituals, and Gospel favorites. Delightful African tunes are accompanied by ethnic instrumentation. The program also includes well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals, and contemporary tunes.
A marvelous by-product of the concert is the inspiration the music brings to virtually every listener. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted, and wonderfully entertaining.
The primary goal of the Choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute and orphaned children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir Programs. The Choir’s international educational endeavor provides unique training for the children. Once Choir members have completed a concert tour, they will return to their homelands with the tools necessary for bettering their future.
During the past 20 years, the children have appeared in thousands of concerts around the world, including concerts at the Pentagon and the United Nations. They have had the privilege of performing before presidents, heads of state, and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The Choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and other inspirational performers.
Concerts are free and open to all. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children's Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.
Music for Life (The parent organization for The African Children's Choir) works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana, and South Africa. MFL has educated more than 52,000 children and impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow's Africa, by focusing on education.
Promotional support of this community concert is greatly appreciated.
The African Children's Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa's most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow.
No tickets, donations welcome.
The church is located at 331 Purvis Oloh Road, Purvis. For more information, call the church at 601- 794-2972 or visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com.