Posted: Tuesday 19 September 2017

Singing Children of Africa to perform at High School

The Singing Children of Africa will perform at the High School of Dundee on Friday 22 September

Contemporary and traditional African music and dance is coming to the High School of Dundee this week!

On Friday evening, the school will welcome the Singing Children of Africa, a group of talented singers and performers from the Jolaurabi School in Kenya, to Trinity Hall to give a public concert.

The show is part of the Singing Children of Africa 2017 UK tour which will see the group, whose members are aged 9-14, perform at a number of venues in Scotland and the north of England to raise money for the charity Educate the Kids.

Founded by Scottish couple Maureen and Ian McIntyre in 1998, the charity runs the Jolaurabi School, which includes an orphanage and three schools for underprivileged children in the Utange area of the country.

Each year, children from Jolaurabi put on a series of entertaining shows in the UK to raise money to help cover running costs and to expand the school provision, meaning education for even more children.

Claire Reid, Teacher and Charities and Community Outreach Coordinator at the High School of Dundee, said the School was thrilled to be a stop on this year's tour.

She said, "We are delighted to welcome the Singing Children of Africa to our school as part of their UK tour to raise funds for Educate the Kids. We look forward to experiencing the cultures of their country whilst supporting such a worthwhile cause."

The group, who will also be performing to children in the Junior Years at a special assembly on Friday, will be taking part in a number of activities during their stay in the city, including a tour of the Discovery, a visit to Dundee University's Life Sciences and Science & Engineering Schools, and a trip to Tannadice on Saturday to take in the Dundee United v Morton game and perform at half-time.

They will also be performing at the Overgate from 12.30-1.30pm on Friday, and at Dundee University's Chaplaincy Centre at 7.30pm on Saturday. 

Following a well-received show in the city 12 months ago, this will be the second year in a row that the Singing Children of Africa have visited Dundee. And according to High School of Dundee former pupil Kasia Thomson, who has helped to raise around £4000 for the charity through the Educate the Kids Society which she set up at Dundee University, the touring party are looking forward to returning.

Kasia said, "Last year the group visited Dundee, which rolled out the red carpet for them. The children loved it and are so excited to have another chance to visit and perform.

"Many of the group who came last year are returning and it is wonderful to hear the experienced members tell the newbies about the places they are looking forward to going back to ...Dundee was on that list!"

Friday night's concert takes place in the School's Trinity Hall at 7.30pm. Tickets (£5) are available from the School Office, on the door on the night, and at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/educate-the-kids-presents-the-singing-children-of-africa-tour-dundee-tickets-37704604487
Tickets for the Dundee University show on Saturday evening are available on the door on the night and at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/educate-the-kids-presents-the-singing-children-of-africa-tour-dundee-tickets-37705248413

You can find out more about Educate the Kids at: https://www.educatethekids.com/

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