The African Children’s Choir continues its international tour with an encore performance at Eastridge Baptist Church at 7 p.m. at 1300 Evergreen St. in Amarillo.
The choir has performed before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her Diamond Jubilee. Now, they have made their way to Amarillo.
Comprised of children ages 8 to 11 from Uganda, they sing, dance and play the drums like a well-oiled machine, smiling and bringing joy to their audiences. The African Children’s Choir is part of a non-profit humanitarian and relief organization called Music for Life.
The choir has performed on American Idol and has sang alongside several well-known artists like Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey and Michael W. Smith. They have also been nominated for a Grammy.
Timothy Kawuma, who serves as the spokesperson and head of school to the children, got his start performing in the choir in 2000. He said it was his ticket to an education, and now has a bachelor’s degree in business statistics. Kawuma said the organization provided for his schooling through college.
“Life has become much easier for me,” Kawuma said. “Today, I’m able to impact my communities and support my family and many more other people because I’ve been empowered through education as a result of the organization.”
Right now, the organization covers the costs of education for more than 1,235 children, meeting their basic needs by providing clean water, food and medication.
Once the children finish their time in the choir, they take what they have learned and go back to their homes in Africa, where they encourage their brothers and sisters and become a beacon of hope to their families and communities.
Kawuma said many who have participated in the choir have gone on to achieve their dreams and make careers for themselves.
“One of the most exciting things is to see these children grow and to see their dreams unfold. It’s like a flower that’s unfolding and you know it’s going to be beautiful, but how is it going to look?” Kawuma said. “They are brilliant kids, so I’m excited to see them become the dreams that they dream and experience the truth that dreams really do come true.”
Options to sponsor children through the Music for Life organization and even volunteer with the African Children’s Choir are available on their website. Click here for more information about how to support the organization.