Children from Kenya and Harlem unite together through song. Youngsters from both sides of the Atlantic are blending their voices and their cultures together for a very unique summer camp in the heart of Harlem. The children are from Kenya and Harlem and together they are part of a group called the Jirani Cultural Organization. It was founded by the Rev. Tae Jong Rim after he witnessed young children in Nairobi picking through a trash heap for food. He started an after school program in Kenya to teach needy African children how to sing what he calls “The Unstoppable Song Of Hope”.
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The new Harlem Jirani Ensemble strives for excellence in music and art, teaching children 9 through 14 that sustained, disciplined effort and cooperation builds self-esteem and strengthens community.
“Jirani” means “good neighbor” in Swahili.
The Jirani Children’s Choir is more then just music it is teaching children to reach for the stars.
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The Harlem Jirani Ensemble and the Kenya Jirani Choir will be giving performances in the tri-state area August 19th through August 28th.