African Children's Choir to perform Friday at Anna church

People who attend the concert will have an opportunity to experience African culture...and, perhaps, have a chance to reflect on their own spiritual experience.

Union County area residents will have an opportunity to be part of a unique intercultural experience during an event which is scheduled in Anna.

The African Children’s Choir is set to perform Friday evening, Sept. 6, at the First Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Anna.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The church is located at 315 South St.

African Children’s Choir concerts are free and open to all. 

A free-will offering will be taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs.

The choir is in the midst of its 50th tour from Africa since its founding in 1984. The program the choir will be presenting is titled “Just As I Am.”

The choir is in the midst of a tour which started in May and is scheduled to come to an end in February of 2020.

The choir’s program features children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. 

Choir manager Tina Sipp said that those who attend the choir’s performance in Anna can look forward to a “very bright, energetic and moving” experience.

Sipp, who spoke by phone from Spokane, Wash., said the program actually is more than a concert. 

The concert will feature familiar hymns...with an African rhythm, along with lots of colorful costumes.

People who attend the concert  will have an opportunity to experience African culture...and, perhaps, have a chance to reflect on their own spiritual experience.

“It’s a beautiful thing to be a part of,” Sipp said.

She explained that the choir’s members are children ages 7 to 10. The choir is made up of 17 children.

Sipp noted that hosts in the communities where the choir performs play an important role. Over the years, those hosts have included thousands of families. “They’ve made all the difference,” she said.

Music for Life, MFL, the parent organization for The African Children’s Choir, works in the African countries of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and South Africa. 

MFL has educated more than 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. 

The free-will offering which is given at the concert will help to fund educational programs which will benefit 1,000 young people, Sipp noted.

MFL’s purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education.

The African Children’s Choir has performed for presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. 

The choir also has sung alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith and other performers.

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.

The Gazette-Democrat

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