Area Delta Sigma Theta Sorority presenting African Children’s Choir

Published 1:38 pm Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Franklin Tri-County Alumnae Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. is sponsoring the renown African Children’s Choir when the ensemble performs today, Nov. 4, at 7 p.m. The free concert will be in the auditorium of Southampton High School, 23350 Southampton Parkway, Courtland.

Franklin Tri-County’s Arts and Letters Committee is responsible for promoting a positive image of African-Americans and providing artistic and cultural outlets for chapter members and our local community through the mediums of music, dance, drama, literature, and poetry. The committee promotes worthwhile cultural endeavors through our Red Carpet Events, such as the African Children’s Choir.

The ensemble is composed of African children, aged 7 to 10 years old. Many have lost one or both parents through the devastation of war, famine and disease. They represent all the children of a continent and they demonstrate the potential of African children to become strong leaders for a better future in their land.

The children melt the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles and delightful African tunes, accompanied by ethnic instrumentation. The program features well-loved children’s songs, hand clapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes. Nearly every performance is concluded with a thunderous standing ovation. A marvelous by-product of the concert is the inspiration the music brings to virtually every listener. In spite of the tragedy that has marred their young lives, the children are radiant with hope, musically gifted and wonderfully entertaining.

The primary goal of the choir is to raise awareness of the need of destitute and orphaned children in Africa and to raise funds for continued development and support of the African Children’s Choir Programs. The group’s international educational endeavor provides unique training for the children. Once choir members have completed a concert tour, they will return to their homelands with the tools necessary for bettering their future.