February 14, 2012 > Our African Dream
Our African Dream
Submitted By New Hope Community Church
Join the Young Africans on their 2012 U.S. and Canada Tour as they perform an outstanding musical production, Our African Dream! These performers are a gifted group of singers, musicians, and dancers, once part of the world-renowned African Children's Choir. Now 17-21 years old and more talented than ever, they are poised to make a difference in their communities back home.
Our African Dream is a unique, powerful, and uplifting presentation that showcases the best of African dance and music, while also bringing new, vibrant life to American spirituals, contemporary worship songs and of course gospel.
Proceeds from concert performances support the African Children's Choir, raising global awareness of the plight of the millions of orphaned and abandoned children in Africa. Donations directly contribute to sponsorship and education programs for both the current Choir children and the thousands of students they represent.
The African Children's Choir is the major international program of the Music for Life Institute (MFLI) whose purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow's Africa. Working in seven African countries, MFLI has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its 27-year history.
The African Children's Choir has been working with the most vulnerable children in Africa, raising awareness of the plight of Africa's orphaned and abandoned, but also showing the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child. Choir members have the additional benefit of international travel with the choir; this exposes them to a wide variety of people, places, and perspectives. Their life experiences combined with a structured formal education give these children the necessary tools to change their lives and the lives of others.
Children involved with MFLI are mentored to become quality leaders, with vision and moral strength. The Music for Life Institute educates many of these children up to university or vocational school levels; others have gone on to graduate studies in different professional fields. Many of these former choir children are still actively involved in the Music for Life Institute or African Children's Choir causes and programs. Several of the past students have received the prestigious Kisekka Foundation Scholarship, established by the late Samson Babi Mululu Kisekka, former Vice President of Uganda.
The Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir has performed on some of the world's greatest stages including Carnegie Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Madison Square Garden, London Palladium, the White House, and the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels. They have performed for U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, Her Majesty the Queen of England, Noble Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela, and numerous dignitaries from around the world.
The Choir has had the privilege of performing with legendary entertainers such as Sir Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Tony Bennett, Mariah Carey, Josh Groban, Alicia Keyes, Keith Urban, Faith Hill, and Wyclef Jean, and has appeared on most major television networks on shows such as Good Morning America, American Idol, The Ellen Degeneres Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
International celebrities such as Bono, Angelina Jolie, and Brad Pitt and Sir Bob Geldof support MFLI projects internationally, along with the ongoing mission of the African Children's Choir. Film celebrities Connie Britton and Taylor Kitsch continually host events and fundraisers to further the educational work of MFLI in Africa, and legendary gospel singers Sandy Patti and Michael W. Smith are continuing supporters of the African Children's Choir.
A concert will be held at New Hope Community Church in Fremont on February 19 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free for all ages; a free will offering will help support our African programs.
For more information or 2012 concert tour dates visit www.africanchildrenschoir.com.
The Young Africans: Our African Dream
Sunday, Feb 19
New Hope Community Church
2190 Peralta Blvd., Fremont