To honor the Black History Month, Singers in Accord will perform with the MacPhail Community Youth Choir and Suzuki String Ensemble under the direction of J.D. Steele in a benefit concert for Shangilia Foundation USA (SFUSA).
Shangilia (the name derives from its Swahili original “Tumshangilieni” meaning “Let Us Rejoice”), is a child rescue and support center and residence, presently located in Nairobi's Kangemi slum. It is the last hope for some of Kenya's neediest children and is unique in its commitment to the performing arts, which is at the core of its child rehabilitation philosophy and process. At the center, each child's needs and aptitudes are addressed individually and each learns performing arts along with classic schooling. It is also home to the Shangilia Youth Choir of Kenya, founded and directed by J.D. Steele.