African Children’s Choir to perform at Starkdale

Starkdale Presbyterian Church, 4600 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, will host a performance of the “internationally acclaimed” African Children’s Choir at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27.

The African Children’s Choir is a nonprofit humanitarian and relief organization “dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow,” according to a news release.

The choir “melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dance,” according to the news release. The program features well loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites.

The concert is free and open to the public. A free will offering is taken to support African Children’s Choir programs such as education, care and relief and development programs.

Music for Life, the parent organization for the choir, works in seven African countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa. Music for Life has educated more than 52,000 children and impacted the lives of more than 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history, according to promotional material. “MFL’s purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa by focusing on education,” it notes.

The choir is made up of “some of the neediest and most vulnerable children in Africa, many of whom have lost one or both parents. But they have not given up hope and have come to show the beauty, dignity and potential of each African child,” according to the news release.

The African Children’s Choir has been working with Africa’s most vulnerable children for the past 28 years. The choir’s mission is to raise awareness of the plight of Africa’s orphaned and abandoned children.

It has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her diamond jubilee. The choir also has sung alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Michael W. Smith.

“I have been privileged to bring in this choir a couple of times when I was a pastor in Wisconsin and let me tell you, they are dynamite,” said Pastor Bobbyjon Bauman, Starkdale’s youth pastor. “It would be impossible to leave the event without a smile on your face and joy in your heart as the children’s enthusiasm and love for God are infectious,” he said.

For information call the church at (740) 264-5309.