|Posted by Lungile Sinandile on June 27, 2017 at 7:25 PM|
NEWS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FOR JULY 16 2017.
CONTACT: NKAZI SINANDILE (505) 435-5741
MATUNDA (FRUIT ) YA ( OF) YESU (JESUS) YOUTH CHOIR (MATUNDA YA YESU) AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN ORION DUET-LUNGILE AND NKAZI SINANDILE CELEBRATE IMMIGRANT AND REFUGEE JOURNEYS – PRESENT JABULANI which means in the South African language Rejoice!
Under the direction of Lungile Sinandile, co-founder alongside his wife Nkazi Sinandile, the Matunda Ya Yesu African Youth Choir is stepping out into the mainstream.
Young refugees arriving from refugee camps of Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Chad, Rwanda, and Mozambique, find it very difficult to assimilate in the United States of America especially those who do not speak English. 90% of the Matunda Ya Yesu choir speak very little or no English. Outside of school they find nurture during choir practices where they find camaraderie, while being taught techniques of vocal singing, drumming, performance and training. Weekly they attend after school tutoring at Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque ( 100 % volunteer driven unfunded nonprofit) and craft skills training in sewing at New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways also nonprofit that is directed by Nkazi Sinandile.
The Public is invited to hear rich African harmonies by the Matunda Ya Yesu African Refugee Youth Choir and the South African Orion Duet. Add to this energetic movement and vibrant colorful outfits when they model Afro centric garments they are creating at New Mexico Women’s Global Pathways / Immigrant And Refugee Resource Village of Albuquerque while in training. This youthful dynamic choir drums and performs both traditional and contemporary music, adding its own culturally inspired interpretation. The ensemble performs in Swahili, English, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda, Bembe, Xhosa and Zulu. Free Admission but donations will be collected.
Venue: African American Performing Art Center, 310 San Pedro NE, Albuquerque.
Time: 4.00 p.m.
Admission of $20.00. Proceeds go to support the youth enrichment program including sewing, beading, leadership skill, self esteem, preventive health, mentoring and other strengthened life skills. Youth will receive 100% funds from their craft sales.
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2017.
CD’s, Books, DVD’s and crafts sewn by some of the youth will be on sale after the concert.