African Children’s Choir performing in Scranton

Art — By on November 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

After enjoying the sights and sounds of First Friday, take a quick shot up the hill to enjoy some truly unique music when the world-renowned African Children’s Choir performs at the Hickory Street United Methodist Church, 435 Hickory Street in Scranton’s Hill Section, on Friday evening, November 6, at 7 p.m.

Composed of children from various African nations, the choir is stopping in Scranton as part of their current U.S tour. To date the African Children’s Choir has seen more than seven hundred children pass through the program since it was founded by human rights activists Ray Barnett in 1984. All children selected for the choir come from extreme poverty- many have lost at least one parent in their lifetime. The choir has been featured in performances on American Idol, Good Morning America and Ellen, and have performed for various international dignitaries, including Nelson Mandela and George W. Bush.

After attending music camps in their home countries, children- most of whom range in age from 7 to 11- are selected for the choir and spend five months at the choir’s training academy in Kampala, Uganda. After their time playing and learning at the academy, the children spend several months touring the world to learn, grow, and perform for millions of people across the planet. After the completion of each tour, children often go on to finish their elementary and secondary education and attend institutions of higher learning. Some graduates of the program choose to give back by accompanying the choir on later tours as chaperones.

The performance is free to the public. For more information on the African Children’s Choir, visit their website at

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