The African Children’s Choir
The African Children’s Choir is composed of African children, aged 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.
What is their concert like?
The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles and delightful African tunes, accompanied by ethnic instrumentation. The programme features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation. A marvellous 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.
Where have they performed?
Over the past twenty years, the children have appeared in thousands of concerts around the world, including concerts at the Pentagon and the United Nations. They have been featured on popular television and radio broadcasts such as “GMTV” and “Blue Peter”. The Choir has had the privilege of performing at the Royal Albert Hall, London as part of the BBC Proms series. More recently they performed at the Commonwealth Observance Day in the presence of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey. Already on this tour they have met the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese at her residence in Dublin and with the First Minister, Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness at Stormont Castle, Belfast.
What is the purpose of their tour?
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 Programmes. The Choir’s international educational endeavour 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.
Rose Mbenya Kamwetu Member of Choir 8
Rose Mbenya Kamwetu who goes by the name of Mbenya comes from a family of four. She has an older brother, a younger brother, and a younger sister. Selected to particpate in Choir 8, she toured the US, Canada and made a brief visit to Spain in 1992. She was also in a choir that toured Singapore, the Seychelles and Malaysia in 1993.
After returning to Africa, Mbenya’s education was sponsored by Music for Life. Mbenya received support all through her advanced degrees and successfully graduated Law School. Today, she’s fully qualified to practice law in Kenya. Mbenya was admitted to the bar in October of 2009.
I have a law degree, thanks to them. I appreciate the diverse cultures of the world thanks to them. They have enabled me to travel the world! I’m eternally grateful to MFL