Imani Milele Choir
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Imani Milele Choir

Kampala, Uganda | Established. Jan 01, 2013

Kampala, Uganda
Established on Jan, 2013
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"Imani Milele Children's Choir's Inspiring Visit to Toyota Soccer Center"

FRISCO, Texas – It seemed like a normal day of training at Toyota Soccer Center. But today, the team had an audience that ended up giving them quite the show.

Traveling all the way from Uganda, the boys and girls from Imani Milele Choir made a pitstop before their concert in Southlake on Thursday. Three of the boys in the choir, Eric, Bruno, and Timothy, are huge soccer fans. "They really love futbol. So because of them, the whole entire choir had to be here, for the love of futbol," said David Kalongo, a chaperone with Imani Milele.

Imani Milele are in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to raise awareness of orphaned and at-risk children. "We go around raising money for those children back at home [in Uganda] to put them in school and to give them better shelter."

After training, the children of Imani Milele gave an impromptu performance and the team was all smiles. "They are so talented," said Ryan Hollingshead. "It was fun to watch them just perform. They just had so much energy and so much happiness. It was awesome."

FCD had a visit from Imani Milele, a Ugandan children’s choir (and huge soccer fans). How can you not be in a good mood after listening? pic.twitter.com/oaCxiHa2Ky
— Claudia Castillo (@ClaudiaIzet) October 19, 2017

You can follow Imani Milele on social media on Facebook and Twitter. If you're in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can see them perform Thursday, October 19 at St. John's Baptist Church (800 S. Kimball Ave) in Southlake. - Claudia Castillo


"A children’s choir from Uganda will never forget what they saw in Texas"

Everything really is bigger in Texas.

At least that’s what a Ugandan children’s choir visiting North Texas may well be saying after they took a break from performing to visit the State Fair of Texas.

Giant turkey legs, life-size stuffed animals and impressive drum lines were among the unusual sights and sounds that caught these singers’ attention.

It was a nice break for Straxy and the choir of 20 — boys and girls ranging in age from 10 to 18 — who arrived in the United States in April and plan to stay until November, touring and performing around the country.

The choir landed in Southlake this month after being invited by the Rev. Elena Carraway-Freeman at St. John Church, Unleashed, in Grand Prairie and Southlake.

They’ve stayed with host families and performed at St. John’s and other churches, schools and at local events.

“It is amazing” to watch them, Carraway-Freeman said. “That’s the only word that I can think to come up with. Their enthusiasm, excitement.

“They absolutely breathe the song and dance,” she said. “It’s really something they enjoy doing.”

Imani Milele Children Inc., the nonprofit group, was created in 1989 to help children orphaned by the civil war and illnesses that devastated much of the country in the 1980s. The Christian group sponsors tours across the United States for the children’s choir to travel and try to raise money for those still at home.

Around 3,000 children are in the program back home. So far, the group has been able to raise money to sponsor 800.

And they have commitments from people who plan to travel to Uganda on mission trips to do everything from provide medical services to build classrooms and homes.

“Uganda had a very difficult moment in history,” Straxy said. “And the country has been trying to recover.

“Life is generally being transformed because of the tours,” he said. But there’s still much to be done.

The choir will stay in North Texas until Friday. Then they’ll head to Orange and then Louisiana, trying to spread the word of their country’s need through song and dance.

But at least a piece of Texas may stay with them, even after they’ve moved on to other states and gone home.

“It’s a beautiful place, really, really wonderful,” Straxy said. “It’s something different from what they are used to at home, but in a positive way.”

The choir will stay in North Texas until Friday. Then they’ll head to Orange and then Louisiana, trying to spread the word of their country’s need through song and dance.

But at least a piece of Texas may stay with them, even after they’ve moved on to other states and gone home.

“It’s a beautiful place, really, really wonderful,” Straxy said. “It’s something different from what they are used to at home, but in a positive way.”

The choir will stay in North Texas until Friday. Then they’ll head to Orange and then Louisiana, trying to spread the word of their country’s need through song and dance.

But at least a piece of Texas may stay with them, even after they’ve moved on to other states and gone home.

“It’s a beautiful place, really, really wonderful,” Straxy said. “It’s something different from what they are used to at home, but in a positive way.”

“That was really, really cool,” said Sam Straxy, choir and tour director with the Imani Milele Choir that is traveling around the country trying to raise awareness for orphans and others suffering from abuse and poverty back in Uganda. - Anna M. Tinsley


"Imani Milele youth choir offers singing, smiles and spirituality"

ALBION — With these upcoming performances in Orleans County, you have an opportunity to be entertained while supporting a good cause.

The Imani Milele Children is a youth choir organization that travels around the U.S. offering traditional Christian Ugandan performances.

The children, ranging from ages 9-20, come to America from Kampala, the capital of Uganda, to sing, dance, drum and pray for nine months at a time.

Imani Milele — which means “eternal faith” in Ugandan — also serves to better the lives of the children once they return home.

Imani began back in 1989 when Rev. Moses Ssemanda Mbuga was determined to tackle issues Ugandan children face. Back in Uganda, these children have obstacles in their life that people in America don’t have. For instance, it’s not uncommon for these kids to have to walk 2-3 miles each day just for water.

So Mbuga came up with Imani Milele, a “compassionate response,” according to the choir’s website, to what troubles Ugandan Children experience.

And what a response it’s become.

Imani Milele now has multiple tours going on each coast which means more children are being help through sponsorships.

Sponsorships entail a $35 a monthly gift that will go toward helping a Ugandan child have access to food, water, education and healthcare.

“If each child has five people that sponsors them each month, that is enough money for education, to have a roof over their head, healthcare,” Imani Touring Director Justin Spencer said, adding the lives these kids live is “very eye opening,”

In seeing these children perform, however, you might never know that they have struggles to go through back in their home country.

The performances are fast-paced, upbeat, passionate and spiritual, to list a few adjectives Spencer used to describe Imani.

Obviously there is the singing, but the audience will be able to experience Ugandan dancing and drumming among other things.

“It’s a very high energy performance,” he said.

Not only that, the children are excited and happy to be performing all over the country, he added.

As for what’s happening locally, there are multiple opportunities to experience Imani.

A tour of 30 kids will be making its way to Orleans County this weekend where they will be staying with host families in the community. The First Baptist Church of Albion will be supplying all of the transportation.

The schedule is as follows:

• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 24 at the Canal Village Farmers’ Market in Medina.

• 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. (two performances) on June 25 at the Albion First Baptist Church.

• 6 p.m. on June 26 at the Hoag Library in Albion.

All shows are free of charge but donations are accepted. There also will be the opportunity to sponsor a child.

“People are in for a really big surprise,” Spencer said. “These kids are really something.”

He added: “It’s amazing that, not only are we blessing these children but they are blessing us 10-fold.” - JOE LEATHERSICH


"Imani Milele Children's Choir tours fire station before performance"

DALLAS – Dallas Fire & EMS volunteer Sean Condon, dressed in full firefighter’s gear, dared the group of children surrounding him to poke him in the eye.

The children, all members of the Imani Milele Children’s Choir, hesitated for a few seconds, not sure if he meant it.

“Come on, try to poke me in the eye,” Condon said from behind the safety of his mask.

That was all the encouragement they needed to converge on the kneeling firefighter, giggling at their unsuccessful attempts to poke him in the eye.

The choir, from Uganda, has been on tour for almost eight months, in support of Imani Milele Children, a nonprofit that rescues and educates orphaned children in their home country. The tour of the fire station on Oct. 4 was part of a break between performances in Salem that morning and at Dallas First Christian Church that night.

Dallas Fire & EMS Community Service Officer April Welsh led the tour, showing the children and choir chaperone the department’s fire engines and other fire and rescue vehicles. They saw firefighters go out on a call and an ambulance return from a call.

Welsh turned the tour over to Condon to show them all the safety gear and turnouts firefighters must wear when battling blazes. He told them about the material of the pants and coat and passed around the air tank that allows firefighters to breathe in a fire.

“How much do you think all of that gear weighs?” Welsh asked.

The children answered 25, 50 pounds?

All the equipment weighs about 65 pounds, Welsh said.

“Oh, my goodness. How much do you weigh?” choir chaperone Olivia Nabulime asked Condon, laughing.

“Depending on what day it is, I’m going to say 185, I put an extra 65 pounds on,” Condon responded, grinning at the question.

“Do you have to work out to carry that?” she asked.

“I do as much as I can,” Condon said.

The same could be said of the choir, which books several performances each week, bringing music and the story of Uganda’s children with it.

“What we do is raise awareness of the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda,” said Brian Mjuba, another choir chaperone. “The total of orphaned children in Uganda is over three million.”
He said the crisis began decades ago during the rule of dictator Edi Amin in the 1970s and persists today.
Imani Milele, a Swahili phrase meaning “always believe,” helps about 3,000 orphans. Members of the choir are children the organization rescued.

The group has performed in school, churches and other venues across the country. They will return to Uganda on Nov. 22.
The group’s stop in Dallas was a chance for the choir’s children to fire engines and ambulances up close.

“This is the first time our children have seen what you guys have and what you can do,” Nabulime said.
Nabulime said they have felt welcomed on their visit to the U.S.
“The hospitality is awesome,” Nabulime said.

For more information about the choir and its mission: www.imanimilele.com. - Jolene Guzman


"Sounds of Uganda come to Shoreline"

The Imani Milele Choir performs at the First Lutheran Church of Richmond Beach in Shoreline on Sunday.

Imani Milele is a Christian organization in Uganda that provides housing and education for vulnerable children in their country, and the choir is comprised of children from the program.

The choir has 38 members, 20 of which tour the East Coast, and 18 of which are on this West Coast tour.

Since 2013, the choir has toured in the United States to gather sponsorships and support. They will be going to Eastern Washington next, and touring until November.

For more information, visit http://www.imanimilele.com/choir. - Bettina Hansen


"Folkmoot Festival welcomes Imani Milele from Uganda."

In 2016, Folkmoot welcomed Imani Milele from Uganda. These cultural dancers were among 250 international guests who toured almost 40 venues across Western North Carolina. The Ugandan collective takes part in the Parade of Nations in Waynesville. - MountainXpress


"Imani Milele coming to several local churches"

An inspirational African group called called Imani Milele is coming to several Highland County churches next month.

Imani Milele is a Swahili phrase meaning “always believe.” This is the message the group gives to its children, encouraging them to never give up.

Imani carries this motto with them as they perform for people across the United States. They believe that every child is special and they are dedicated to changing the world, one child at a time, through education.

The choir is an integral part of the Imani Milele Children’s organization. It currently rescues, educates and develops over 3,500 children in Uganda. With the help of groups and individuals, Imani is forming a strong and passionate team who works together to make a difference in the lives of these children.

The choir has been treating audiences to fun-filled, interactive and inspirational concerts since 2013.

The group expects audiences to experience “True Africa,” which is showcased through culturally unique music, dance and well-crafted drum routines. Imanis’ vibrant costumes and enthusiastic energy create a dynamic performance for all to enjoy.

These concerts bring people of all ages the hope of a brighter future through Jesus Christ.

Following is a look at the local schedule:

• Sunday, July 2, 11 a.m. – Common Ground Community Church, 7460 Madison River Rd., Hillsboro.

• Sunday, July 2, 6 p.m. – Carpenter’s House of Prayer, 7450 Fairground Rd., Hillsboro.

• Wednesday, July 12, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Fellowship of Praise – 8625 U.S. Route 22, Clarksville.

• Friday, July 14, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Union Church of Christ – 3021 N. Taylorsville Rd., Hillsboro.

• Sunday, Jul 16, 10:30 a.m. to noon – Leesburg United Methodist Church – 117 Church St., Leesburg.

• Sunday, July 16, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. – Church of the Nazarene – 8230 U.S. Route 50, Hillsboro.

• Tuesday, July 18, 7 p.m. top 8:30 p.m. – Hillsboro Church of God – 5760 U.S. Route 50, Hillsboro.

• Wednesday, July 19, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. – Beech Fork Church – 1847 SR 348, Otway. - The Times-Gazette


"Imani Milele: A choir that inspires many"

The Imani Milele Children’s Choir sings songs that inspire the listeners. Through their inspirational songs and unique cultural dances and drumming, Imani Milele is spreading a message of hope for Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable children.

The choir does this through its tours, performing great African dances, amazing drum routines and songs that tell children’s stories and dreams.

The Imani Milele Child Care programme has seen over 3,000 children benefit from the original vision that spans 21 years, when Rev. Moses Ssemanda Mbuga was compelled to help three orphans from a Kampala suburb of Lusaka — Makindye.

The programme provides physical, emotional, educational and spiritual care to these children.

Each child in the choir has experienced tremendous personal tragedy, having lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS or other calamities, or coming from extremely poor backgrounds.

Through their music and dance, they share their hope and the belief of success and their desire to impact positively on society and the communities they hail from.

The indescribable talents of the choir enable them perform greatly crafted African traditional dances and drum routines, contemporary music, a variety of music genres with amazing vocal abilities, incredible African acappella and chants.
Being at one of the concerts will get you an opportunity to watch them perform as they interact with audiences with amazing dance moves.

Through the performances, the choir promotes child sponsorship and welcomes donations of all kinds which all go to the welfare of the children. - Vision Reporter


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The Imani concerts are an inspirational and exciting blend of unique arrangements, original compositions, praise and worship songs, and traditional hymns, all produced by Imani's very talented choir directors.

Expect the choir to engage, entertain, and unify your church audience through its uplifting upbeat songs, complex harmony arrangements of their Acapella, and the unique African dances - all bringing glory and honor to our Lord. The concerts are crowned with an excellent worship session that invites the audience to worship together with the choir.

Expect to experience TRUE AFRICA showcased through culturally unique music, a variety of dances, and well-crafted drum routines, performed with great passion and high energy. Audiences will feel the spirit and energy of  Africa, infused with passionate voices, as the Imani choir tells their story.