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Children's choir sings for Africa

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
March 18, 2011 at midnight
Updated March 17, 2011 at 10:18 p.m.

St. Mark's United Methodists Church in cooperation with United Campus Ministries at Victoria College will host  African Children's Choir  at the Victoria Fine Arts Auditorium at 7 p.m. Friday.   Admission is free; a free-will offering will be taken during the concert to support the choir. Contact 512-922-6233.

IF YOU GO

WHAT: African Children's Choir concert

WHERE: Victoria College Fine Arts Auditorium

WHEN: 7 p.m., Friday, March 25

COST: Free, but free-will donations will be accepted.

MORE INFORMATION: St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 361-675-8206, or www.africanchildrenschoir.com.

Their beginnings were of economic disadvantage and political unrest, yet they're internationally known as the ambassadors of peace and joy.

Traveling the world to help rebuild struggling African nations, The African Children's Choir will stop in Victoria to perform at the Victoria College Fine Arts Auditorium, according to a news release from Big Machine Media.

Natives of Uganda and ranging in age from 7 to 11 years old, many of the choir members have been personally touched by tragedy. Because of the extreme conditions of Uganda, each of choir members have lost one, or both parents to famine, AIDS, or war, according to the news release.

But they've joined together to form a traveling choir, which raises money to assist devastated African countries with economic and educational shortfalls.

On Friday, the choir performs wearing traditional Ugandan costuming and sing and dance to spirituals in both English and native Ugandan tribal languages.

Since The African Children's Choir formed 26 years ago, they, along with their parent sponsor Music for Life, have raised millions of dollars to help rebuild seven African nations, and send more than 6,500 children to school, according to the news release.

The free concert is hosted by St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Victoria, and money collected at the event through free-will donations will help support education, and relief projects for African children.

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