African Children's Choir

African Children's Choir

September 22, 2009 12:42 ET

Internationally Acclaimed African Children's Choir Celebrates 25th Anniversary in Vancouver!

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 22, 2009) - The internationally acclaimed African Children's Choir will celebrate 25 years of helping Africa's most vulnerable children, with a special Anniversary Gala Celebration at the Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver on September 29th.

Irish-born singer/songwriter, actor and political activist Bob Geldof will be presented with the prestigious Malaika Award - Malaika meaning "Angel" in Swahili - for his dedicated and extraordinary commitment to Africa.

The evening will also feature special performances by the African Children's Choir and guests the legendary Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Queen & Solo) and Beth Nielsen Chapman, both highly acclaimed singer/songwriters.

Based in Langley, BC, with additional offices around the world, the African Children's Choir has been working with Africa's most vulnerable children since 1984.

For 25 years the African Children's Choir has been raising awareness of the plight of Africa's most vulnerable children, and showing the beauty, dignity and potential of each Africa child.

"The children in the Choir represent millions of children in Africa," says the Choir's founder Ray Barnett. "They are bright, articulate and motivated. We believe they can make a difference."

Over 800 children have been part of the African Children's Choir, and thousands more have been helped through the Choir's work in Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Sudan, Rwanda, Nigeria and Ghana. Former Choir members are now doctors, teachers, journalists, engineers and more.

The African Children's Choir has entertained around the world at small community concerts and high profile events, bringing the children's message of hope to millions.

In the past five years alone, the African Children's Choir has appeared on both Canadian Idol and American Idol, Canada AM and Good Morning America, "Ellen", The Tonight Show and many others. They have performed alongside other celebrities at Toronto's OneXOne Gala, Nashville4Africa, Live 8 in London, and Nelson Mandela's 46664 concert in George, South Africa. The Choir has entertained President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, President Museveni of Uganda, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and thousands of other celebrities, dignitaries and world leaders.

For tickets to the African Children's Choir 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration, and for more information on the African Children's Choir, visit

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