The song and dance of Africa will be in Logansport Sunday.
The Young Africans, a group of internationally touring singers, musicians and dancers, will be performing at Life Gate Church as a part of their North American tour. The performers, ages 19 to 22, all got their start in a renowned children’s choir whose performances raised the funds that put them through school. Now they are continuing to represent their culture as young adults with the intent of raising the funds necessary for post-secondary education.
Speaking from a tour stop in Silver Lake Tuesday, Robbie Luninze, tour director for the group, recalled being asked to join the African Children’s Choir in 1994 at the age of 8. The choir held auditions at a literacy school he attended in his native home of Uganda and his singing, drumming and dancing earned him a spot on the tour.
“It was an experience that is not easily forgotten,” Luninze said. “Touring with the African Children’s Choir was really the turning point of my life.”
He described how he and the other children went on to perform all over the world, listing off countries like Spain, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada.
While in the African Children’s Choir, audience members’ donations paid for Luninze’s and the other performers’ primary and secondary educations. Such expenses would have been impossible for Luninze’s family, he said.
“It was something I could have never dreamed of if it was not for the African Children’s Choir,” Luninze said.
After becoming adults, African Children’s Choir groups go on to perform as The Young Africans. It was through this group that Luninze was able to fund his college education, eventually earning a degree in business administration.
During a Young Africans show, the performers share cultural elements of their home countries with Stomp-inspired dance and African instruments, a press release states.