The renowned African Children’s Choir has six performances scheduled in four Nebraska cities next month.
Choir members range from age seven to ten and many have lost one or both parents to war, famine or disease.
Keira Carnie is a volunteer chaperone from England traveling with the choir across America. She says the long flight from Uganda to the U.S. was a memorable one for the 19 children.
“They still tell stories of the noises the plane made, the food that they had, or the movies they watched on the plane,” Carnie said, laughing.
The choir is under the direction of Music for Life, an organization formed 30 years ago in war-torn Uganda. The group now works in seven African countries, helping some 52,000 children get an education.
“The purpose of the choir is…these children, amongst other children in Africa, their education is now paid for from primary school through high school and all the way through college or their first degree,” Carnie says.
The choir performed for Queen Elizabeth during her Diamond Jubilee, alongside Paul McCartney, and many others. Carnie says the show includes a 15-piece drum solo and a wide mix of musical styles.
“Favorites, everybody would love, like ‘This Little Light of Mine’ that get the audience singing and clapping along,” Carnie said. “They sing traditional African songs as well. They sing in three different languages throughout the concert.”
The performances are free, but donations are encouraged. Two shows are scheduled for Osceola and one in Grand Island on August 6th, with one performance in Lincoln on August 9th and two in Omaha on the 13th.