Bozeman performance scheduled May 25

EBS STAFF

The African Children’s Choir will be performing lively African songs and dances at nine locations throughout Montana this May. The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites sung by 18 African children aged 7 to 9.

On Wednesday, May 25, the choir is coming to the Bozeman Seventh Day Adventist Church for a 7 p.m. performance.

The African Children’s Choir is a non-profit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow.

Music for Life, the choir’s parent organization, works in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. The organization has educated more than 52,000 children and impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people through its relief and development programs. MFL’s purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa by focusing on education.

Tina Sipp, the choir manager, said touring gives children the opportunity to have experiences they wouldn’t normally have, like swimming in a pool, visiting a zoo and going horseback riding.

Sipp said the opportunity to learn English while touring has a positive impact on the children’s prospects. “It’s a huge help to them academically for their future.”

The choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England for her diamond jubilee. It’s also had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith and other famous performers.

Before their arrival in Bozeman, the choir will sing in Great Falls, Helena, Roundup, Sidney, Red Lodge and Billings. Details about those dates can be found at africanchildrenschoir.com/shows/choir-45/.

Concerts are free and tickets are not necessary. A free-will offering is taken at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs.