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‘Lively’ African Children’s Choir to perform in Dublin

African Children's Choir-webBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

The African Children’s Choir, a group of lively 7-10-year-old African children, many of whom were orphaned by war, famine or disease, will perform in August at Dublin United Methodist Church.

The children have been melting the hearts of audiences around the world since 1984 with charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African song and dance. They have performed for presidents, heads of state and the Queen of England and have sung alongside musical artists such as Paul McCartney, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Michael W. Smith.

The Wednesday, Aug. 7, concert, one of only about a dozen the choir will perform in Virginia, features well-loved children’s songs and traditional spiritual and gospel favorites. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the church, 424 E. Main St. in Dublin.

The performance is free and open to the public. However, free-will offerings can be given to support African Children’s Choir programs. The choir and its parent organization, Music for Life, have educated more than 52,000 children and another 100,000 have been helped through relief and education projects since its inception.

More than 1,000 children have participated in 38 different choirs over the years. The education choir members receive during the tour provides them with the tools needed to better their future. Past choir members have become lawyers, doctors, nurses and journalists.

Music for Life works with children in the African countries of Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, South Africa, South Sudan, Kenya and Ghana. For more information on the choir, visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

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