African Children’s Choir coming to St. Joseph’s |

African Children’s Choir coming to St. Joseph’s

Twenty-six 5-to-12 year olds, many of whom have lost one or both parents due to war, famine, and disease, will sing children’s songs, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes, accompanied by drums and ethnic instrumentation at a free show on Easter afternoon.

“In spite of the tragedies that have marred their lives, the youngsters are radiant with hope, musically gifted and very uplifting,” says Joy Fjeldsted, the local contact for the tour.

Each year, for 20 years, a new choir has been selected to go around the world singing for a year while past choir members returned to their homeland to continue their education. More than 4,000 homeless and disadvantaged children through high school age are being helped by the choir’s efforts.

Representing children from the entire continent, they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land. Indeed the tour leader for this year’s group was a member of the original choir that was formed in 1984 in the midst of Uganda’s bloody civil war.

They have been featured on popular television shows, such as “The Today Show” and “Good Morning America.” The choir performed a special concert for work crews at Ground Zero where the World Trade Center towers once stood.

CDs and videos will be available for purchase.

WHAT: African Children’s Choir

WHEN: Easter Sunday, 4 p.m.

WHERE: St. Joseph’s Cultural Center, 410 South Church St., Grass Valley

ADMISSION: No charge, but free-will offering for the children will be taken.

INFORMATION: Call Joy at 274-3507; on the Web at http://www.africanchildren’ The choir will also be a part of the 10:30 a.m. Easter Service at Trinity Episcopal Church in Nevada City.

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