The word-renowned African Children’s Choir is taking the stage in Leander soon.
The choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children through education. Music for Life, the parent organization for The African Children’s Choir, works in seven African countries: Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.
“These children are chosen by the need of their family,” Heidi Moen, tour leader of African Children’s Choir, said. “The dancing and singing can be taught. The willingness to learn and the passion is what we are looking for.”
The program features children’s songs, traditional spirituals and popular gospels.
“The shows are very exciting and lively,” Moen said. “There are costumes and so much energy. You can see the joy radiating from the children.”
The African Children’s Choir will perform at Generations Church in Leander at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 8. Although the show has no cost, a freewill offering will be taken.
According to Moen, the 11 boys and seven girls from Uganda in make it “hard not to smile” during the performances.
“So many people walk out of these concerts smiling,” she said.
The children, eight to 10 years old, go on tour for one year. Music for Life has a primary boarding school in Uganda, and the children return there for their education. The program funds the students to attend secondary schools and college.
While on the road, the children receive schooling and learn to speak English. Most of the students come from a Christian background, and the schooling is Christian-based.
“You see so much hopelessness in the media with the picture of Africa,” Moen said. “These kids paint such a different picture. Everyone is blown away by their energy and joy.”
The concert will include African songs and dances as well as Christian songs such as “This little light of mine.” The choir has performed for presidents, the Queen of England and Queen Elizabeth II. They also have sang alongside artists such as Paul McCartney Keith Urban and Mariah Carey.
Music for Life has educated 52,000 children and impacted 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history.
“These kids really give us a lot to learn from,” Moen said. “They live for the day and don’t think about yesterday or tomorrow.”