HARTFORD — The African Children’s Choir has performed for heads of states, including the Queen of England. And they’ve performed with, among others, Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox and Mariah Carey.
Now for the first time in its 28-year existence, these angelic voices will be heard in Hartford at the Bushnell Theater on Capitol Avenue. Only one performance is slated for Dec. 15 at the Bushnell-Mortensen Hall at 4 p.m.
“People should expect joy and happiness,” said Joseph Mukasa, one of the children’s chaperone. “And when they start singing they deliver a first-class performance.”
The 80-minute program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites, Mukasa said.
Thanks to Music for Life , the parent organization for the Choir and its supporters. The MFL works in seven African countries such as, Uganda, Kenya,Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa and has educated over 52,000 children and impacted the lives of over 100,000 people through its relief and development programs during its history. MFL purpose is to help create new leadership for tomorrow’s Africa, by focusing on education, according to its website.
In a telephone interview with The Hartford Guardian, Mukasa,27, said the children are from broken homes but being in the choir helps to “open up their minds” and give them focus.
Mukasa has been working with the choir for four years–after having worked as a counselor in the African Children’s Choir primary school outside of Kampala. He said this organization truly helps Africa’s vulnerable children. And success stories abound. After spending one year in the choir, they harness the skill set they’ve learned to help them succeed. Many children have gone on to become doctors and nurses, he said.