Chang­ing Africa with mu­sic: African Chil­dren’s Choir

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Thirty-one years ago, Ray Bar­nett, a hu­man-rights ac­tivist, formed the African Chil­dren’s Choir with atrisk or­phans in Uganda. The choir ap­pears at the Cathe­dral Basil­ica of St. Fran­cis of As­sisi ( 131 Cathe­dral Place, 505-982-5619) at 7 p.m. on Fri­day, Jan. 9. The group and its par­ent or­ga­ni­za­tion, Mu­sic For Life, are ded­i­cated to help­ing cre­ate new lead­er­ship in Africa through ed­u­ca­tion: Mu­sic For Life has ed­u­cated more than 50,000 chil­dren. The choir, singing tra­di­tional spir­i­tu­als and well-known gospel songs, per­forms around the world, and has per­formed or recorded with An­nie Len­nox, Paul McCart­ney, Pumeza Mat­shik­iza, and Sara Hick­man. There is no charge for the con­cert, but free- will of­fer­ings aid the or­ga­ni­za­tions’ African ed­u­ca­tion, re­lief, and de­vel­op­ment pro­grams. — Paul Wei­de­man

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