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Choral concert set to honor Nelson Mandela tonight

GREENFIELD — As part of an international week of observance honoring South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, Franklin County’s Amandla Chorus, led by Eveline MacDougall, will host an “Open Sing” featuring South African freedom music in honor of the Nobel laureate who died Thursday.

The event will take place tonight from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. at Temple Israel, 27 Pierce St., The event is free and open to the public. Temple Israel is fully accessible through the Myrtle St. entrance. For more information call 773-8655.

Founded in 1988, Amandla is a chorus based in Greenfield. The name Amandla comes from the Zulu word for “power.” The chorus celebrates the power of community in its music. In June 1990 the performers stood in Boston with Mandela, who is credited with ending racial segregation in South African, shortly after his release from prison, and sang the South African National Anthem.

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