African choir to perform

The African Children’s Choir will perform a variety of songs at a concert in Summerland in early July.

The African Children’s Choir will perform a variety of songs at a concert in Summerland in early July.

The 18 members of the choir, all between the ages of nine and 11, are from Uganda. They are performing across North America as part of a one-year tour.

Nate Longstaff, chaperone for the choir, said the concert will include African dances, traditional gospel songs, songs in African languages and some music written for the children’s choir.

Music for Life, the parent organization for the African Children’s Choir, works in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. More than 52,000 children have gone through the Music for Life program.

The choir is a faith-based nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization.

Longstaff said the tour benefits the young musicians by exposing them to opportunities around the world.

“It is a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience for them,” he said.

For those in the audience, Longstaff said the choir will provide an unforgettable performance.

“People don’t go home the same after they’ve gone to the performances,” he said “It provides a new perspective on life.”

The concert will be held at Summerland Baptist Church on Sunday, July 6 at 7 p.m.

There is no admission fee, but donations are welcome.