Grammy-Nominated African Children’s Choir to Perform Jan 18 at Civic Auditorium
CLARKSDALE – Expect exhilaration and an unforgettable experience when the Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir explodes on Clarksdale’s Civic Auditorium stage at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18.
The Lyceum Series concert sponsored by Coahoma Community College kicks off earlier at a 1 p.m. matinee before hundreds of school children from Clarksdale, Charleston, Batesville, Marks, Webb, Sardis, and Tunica.
The internationally-renowned group composed of gifted children from war-torn and AIDS-ravaged Africa is on tour in the U.S. following global performances before presidents and royalty including Queen Elizabeth’s 2011 Diamond Jubilee.
The program features lively African songs and dances, well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals, and rhythmic gospel favorites.
Reviewers guarantee the choir will “melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles and beautiful voices.”
Through the Music for Life Institute, the Choir has educated move than 52,000 children in seven African countries and impacted thousands of lives through relief and development programs.
More than 25 years ago, Ray Barnett of Vancouver, B.C., was on a humanitarian trip to Uganda when he gave a small boy a ride from his decimated home to the safety of another village, and the child did what he knew how to do best – he sang.
Barnett says “That simple song of dignity and hope became the catalyst for a program that has changed the lives of thousands of children, reshaped the future of the African continent, and the African Children’s Choir was born.”