AFRICANThe Grammy-nominated African Children’s Choir returns to Atlanta this month for a concert event titled Embagga Means Party and a July 26 appearance at the Atlanta Braves game.

The choir began in Uganda during 1984’s bloody civil war. In the past 29 years, its membership has grown to include children from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and South Sudan. More than 1,000 young singers have been members and more than 52,000 children have been educated with funding from the choir. (Listen to them sing HERE.)

Embagga Means Party takes place July 25 at the Buckhead Theatre and, in addition to the Children’s Choir, will feature ATL Collective and the Shadowboxers. The event is designed to raise awareness and support for the choir and an independent documentary film about the singers titled Imba Means Sing.

General admission tickets are $45. VIP packages are $200 for individuals and $300 for couples, and include special perks and meet-and-greets. All contributions are tax deductible. Proceeds will be split between the choir and the film, with 100 percent of film profits going to support the choir.

Imba Means Sing follows 20 Ugandan children from the nation’s slums to the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and back again. Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Erin Levin, an Atlanta native, will debut clips from the documentary at the concert. Take a peek at the trailer HERE.

 

 

 

 

About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich, Encore Atlanta’s editor, is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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