Delighting crowds in Kenya

Children from Choir’s 34 and 35 were reunited to perform for the Micato Safaris Owners and Partners Event in Nairobi, Kenya recently.

The performance was a great success, the crowd were overwhelmed by the talent and enthusiasm of the Choir.  The performance concluded with a massive round of applause by the entire audience.

African Children's Choir perform for Micato Safaris

Performing for Micato Safaris

This Choir have performed for the Micato Safaris Owners before, once in Nairobi in 2011 and in Las Vegas in 2010.

The organization were insistent that the Choir perform for them again after the wonderful experience they had at previous events – they just knew their partners would love them, which they did!

As with everyone they meet, the children truly captured the hearts of all, and the top 5 American Executives and the Owners of Micato Safaris requested pictures to be taken with our stars.

African Children's Choir and Micato Safaris executives

Executives having their picture taken with the Choir

The children loved being back on the stage together and fully enjoyed the performance.

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New Career Brings New Life!

 

Congratulations to Katherine Wanjiku from ACC10!

Katherine recently completed her post-secondary schooling and is now a Registered Nurse in Nairobi.

She is currently working in a hospital in Nairobi and enjoys being a nurse, especially welcoming newborn babies into this world! Katherine helps deliver an average of four new babies per day.

“I am eternally grateful to God for having got a chance to be sponsored by Music for Life,” she says.

Director's Report From Kenya

Music for Life director Alex Palmer and I took the same flight from Uganda to Kenya. I was pleased to see the base/office. It is quite able to host a visiting team or a group of children! There are four bedrooms and three bathrooms in a nice area.

Green Gardens Primary School

Mwai, David, Jerusha, and I paid a visit to Green Gardens Primary School, home to 22 former Choir members. In lieu of having our own African Children’s Choir Primary School in Kenya, our relationship with this excellent school is the next best thing.

The campus is beautiful; well named as the gardens around the school are lovely. The school is owned by Dr. and Mrs. Keiyoro and they love having ACC alumni at their school.

We were provided with a very nice conference room, complete with large conference table and chairs. It was a perfect place to have special Choir family time. The children were excited to see us and to tell us about their school activities and achievements. They all appear happy and healthy and there were many hugs all around. We had an excellent visit together! The children were very pleased to show us around the campus, particularly the swimming pool.

Music for Life Centers

Mwai and I joined Jerusha, Mary Mwikali and Stephen Kiringo (ACC15) at the Music for Life Center session at Grace Care Children’s Home. There were approximately 50 children present, with a number of children looking in the window from the outside.

There is a second Music for Life Center on Mondays at Kicoshep School in the heart of the Kibera slum. Approximately 50 children attend that session as well.

The schools really appreciate the Music for Life Center after-school program. They have continuously said how valuable the program is. Teachers comment that most of the students who attend the Music for Life Center activities are more outgoing and answer questions in class. Their self-esteem has been raised since joining the program.

Choir Alumni

What a true highlight it was to visit four of our Alumni in their places of employment! Mwai and I first drove to the more upper-class section of Nairobi to a beautiful shopping mall. There we met up with Pamela Aketch (ACC8). Pamela is a sales representative at Palacina Interiors, an absolutely stunning interior design store. It was impressive to see Pamela; what a capable, sharp young woman. I couldn’t have been more proud!

Ben Waweru (ACC8) also works in the mall. Ben formerly worked at the famous Carnivore but has been transferred to this very classy restaurant, Tamambos where he is the main chef. This job gives Ben much more room for creativity in preparing menus, etc, and he really loves it!

After visiting Pamela and Ben we met with Beth Atieno, a former Choir member who also toured as a chaperone. Beth is now teaching at a private school in Kenya. I was so impressed with her classroom, it was evident that she takes her teaching seriously and really connects with her students.

Last but not least, we drove to a very new and modern office building in the heart of Nairobi where Mark Masaai (ACC10) now works. Mark is on staff at CCTV Main China Corporation TV Channel.

Mark introduced us to every member of staff, close to 50 people, proudly telling them that Mwai and I were the people who raised him from the time he was seven years old (as representatives of his ACC family. I was really touched by that, knowing that some of our young people have been embarrassed for folks to know they are orphans. This job is a huge step up in prestige for Mark; he loves his job and really appreciates the tools he has been given to enable him to have such an opportunity.

The Choir meet the Queen

The African Children’s Choir® got to meet Queen Elizabeth II outside Buckingham Palace along with other performers for her Diamond Jubilee including Paul McCartney, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder, as a part of the celebrations.

Live Jubilee performance of “Sing”

For those of our friends who were unable to watch this on television, here it is!

Introduced by Australian musician Rolph Harris, the African Children’s Choir together with the Common Wealth Band, Sir Andrew-Lloyd Webber and Gary Barlow perform “Sing”, the official song of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, live at the fountain outside Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence, for her Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

"Sing" is unveiled

“Sing” the official song for Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee created by Gary Barlow and featuring the African Children’s Choir has been presented to the world. Watch the video below…

Choir sings on Documentary

The African Children’s Choir sing with Gary Barlow for Jubilee Song

Choir selected to record song and participate in BBC documentary:
‘Gary Barlow. On Her Majesty’s Service’

The Choir recording for the BBC Documentary "Gary Barlow: On her Majesty's Service"It was with great excitement that we received a phone call from the production company working with Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber on the commissioning of a song for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert on 4 June 2012. Whilst seeking inspiration for this song, Gary Barlow decided to travel to certain Commonwealth countries that have particular significance during periods of the Queen’s reign. Kenya was selected, as the Queen began her reign there upon learning of the death of her father February 1952. The African Children’s Choir has worked in Kenya since 1990 and were delighted to play their part in this song.

On 20 March 2012 the African Children’s Choir, consisting of 12 Ugandan and 8 Kenyan children travelled a short journey from Nairobi to a location in the Ngong Hills. They recorded their part of the song ‘Sing’ and were later happy to learn that Lydia Inzikuru, the African Children’s Choir soloist would be used to start and close the song. They also performed two African Children’s Choir pieces to the delight of Gary and the film crew. This will be featured in the BBC documentary ‘On Her Majesty’s Service’ which will be broadcast in the next few weeks.

“We are genuinely honoured that our children were selected by Gary Barlow and Andrew Lloyd Webber to sing and participate in this incredible opportunity”, said Sally France, East Africa Director. We are especially grateful to our sponsors; friends and donors for their continued support in helping us raise and educate Africa’s most vulnerable children for the last 27 years. Without this support, we wouldn’t be enjoying the level of international acclaim we have reached.

The song, ‘Sing’ will be available for purchase on 29 May 2012.