African Children’s Choir returns to Havasu tonight
The African Children’s Choir return to Lake Havasu City today for a one-night-only performance at Stonebridge Christian Fellowship.
The musical group last visited Havasu in August 2016 for an event attended by as many as 600 Havasu residents. Each of the choirs 18 members is sponsored by the Music for Life organization, a nonprofit group that provides education to children of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. Each of the performers is taught English, music and how to create their own musical instruments.
Each year, the choir’s roster changes as members perform in venues throughout the U.S. According to African Children’s Choir tour leader Amy Berry, the group is now on the last legs of a tour that began in December.
“All of the singers on this tour are from Uganda, and this is their first tour,” Berry said. “It’s my first tour as well. I fell in love with (Uganda), and the organization does such amazing work. I decided to apply. Having the honor of helping mentor, disciple and watch these children grow has been rewarding on this tour, and I’ve enjoyed seeing them touch other people’s lives as well.”
In years prior, the African Children’s Choir has performed for British royalty international heads of state. They’ve performed in venues including the United Nations, the White House and Carnegie Hall. Their performance in Havasu this evening is one eagerly anticipated at Stonebridge.
“We’re excited,” said Stonebridge secretary Melinda Stanley. “These children are such a joy to hear. They’re a blessing to the world. Last time they were here, almost 600 people came to see them. The organization is phenomenal in what they do, educating these children who might otherwise go without it, or wouldn’t have the chance Music for Life gives them.”
According to Stanley, the organization is preparing its performers for a successful future in their respective home countries. “Some of them dream of doing something with their lives,” she said. “They’re being prepared for life, and to accomplish their goals.”
The Music for Life organization has educated more than 52,000 children in its history. The concert will feature African songs and dances, children’s songs, spirituals and Gospel performances. Admission will be free to the public.
The concert is scheduled to begin 7 p.m. this evening at Stonebridge’s Ark Center, located at 2700 S. Jamaica Blvd.