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African Children's Choir returns to region

Group's performance to raise aid, awareness of homeland's need

Kampala Children Centre’s Destiny Africa Children’s Choir in a performance last year at the Sturbridge Worship Center. The choir will return for another show at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct 9 to raise money for fellow children at the Kampala Centre in Uganda. (click for larger version)
September 23, 2010
STURBRIDGE — A high-energy, African choir, which performs drumming and dancing routines is coming to Sturbridge for a one-night concert.

The Sturbridge Worship Center is hosting the internationally renowned Destiny Africa Children's Choir for a special concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 8 at 9 Mashapaug Road, Sturbridge. Admission is free though donations to the Kampala Children Centre, the nonprofit that supports the choir, will be accepted.

Destiny Africa is the Children's Choir of Kampala Children Centre (KCC), located in Kampala, Uganda. KCC rescues orphaned children from war-torn areas and the streets and provides them with education, housing and medical care. The choir began in 2005 as the brainchild a housemother in Uganda and a handful of children at KCC, who began to get together and sing about life and faith, the organization's web site explains. The group began traveling Uganda to raise awareness of the organizations and to drum up support for its work. In 2008 the group traveled outside of the country for the first time, visiting the United Kingdom, including a performance for Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street. Since that time they have performed for Queen Elizabeth II as well as schools, churches, mayors, a governor and state senators in the United States.

"Destiny Africa has become a voice for millions of suffering children in Africa and the world over, a channel that brings healing, joy and hope to a desperate world," a release from KCC states. "Through their music and art, they are influencing church leaders, leaders of nations, the corporate world and inspiring fellow children."

This year will mark the second time the choir has played at the Sturbridge Worship Center. Pastor Stuart Rankin said last year's performance was a big success, with over 250 people in attendance. He hopes this year will draw at least as many people and encourages everyone to check it out.

"I strongly recommend that anyone on the fence of what to do that evening come out," he said. "They will be glad they did and will leave refreshed and having experienced something different. Also, we are definitely expecting another good turnout so I recommend people get there early."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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