The African Children's Choir will be performing at the Messiah Christian Church in Wells at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11. COURTESY PHOTO/Music For Life

The African Children’s Choir will be performing at the Messiah Christian Church in Wells at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, March 11. COURTESY PHOTO/Music For Life

WELLS — The African Children’s Choir that has performed before presidents and the Queen of England, sang alongside Paul McCartney, Mariah Carey, and other artists, has initiated in an East Coast tour that brings them to Wells on Sunday, March 11.

The choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices, and lively African songs and dances that feature well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. 

The choir is a non-profit humanitarian and relief organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can help Africa tomorrow. There is a total of 18 children in the performing choir consisting of 10 girls and eight boys between the ages of 7 to 10. 

The orgaization started 30 years ago when the founder Ray Barnett was on a humaitarian trip in war-torn Uganda and gave a young orphaned boy a ride to safety in another village. Barnett was inspired by this small boy who sang a song during the journey, and took this insparational song of dignity and hope to become the catalyst for the program. 

From then on, the program has helped change the life of thousand of children and reshaped the future for the African continent. Performances support African Children’s Choir programs such as, education, care and relief and development.

“We aren’t only effecting education, we get to effect character and make a profound difference in someones life,” said Tina Sipp, African American Childrens’ Choir manager. 

Music for Life is the parent organization for The African Children’s Choir that works in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa. It 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.

The purpose of organization is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa by focusing on education.

The African’s Children’s Choir has had the privilege to perform before presidents, heads of state and most recently the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, for her dimond jubilee. The Choir has also had the honor of singing alongside artists such as Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Michael W. Smith, and other performers. 

While visiting Maine, Sipp said that the children are excited to visit the local beaches and hope to see the lighthouses on their journey.

“It’s very fun working with these children because it’s something new everyday.” Sipp said. “Being able to make a profound difference in someone’s life, is not something you get to do every day.”

This performance will be held at the Messiah Christian Church in Wells on March 11 and starts at 9:30 a.m.

No tickets are required for entry, dontations are appreciated. 

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