Must See: Amandla Chorus to perform Saturday

  • The Amandla Chorus celebrates its 30th anniversary with a rehearsal open to the community on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 at Temple Israel in Greenfield. Recorder Staff/Dan Little

Friday, May 11, 2018

The Amandla Chorus will fill Greenfield’s All Souls Church with sounds of justice and celebration on Saturday in a 7 p.m. concert, marking the group’s 30th anniversary with songs in Spanish, Zulu, English, Japanese, Urdu, Ladino and Sotho.

Guest artists include musicians Eshu Bumpus and Dan Tinen, as well as poet Margaret O’Connor. The concert benefits the Stone Soup Café’s community meals and the Pioneer Valley Workers’ Center, which assists immigrants and refugees.

“It’s been a thrilling three-decade ride,” said founder and director Eveline MacDougall, “and we continue to sing out for human rights, environmental protection and justice for all.”

MacDougall added that many of these complex issues are made more accessible to people through the arts.

“Our singers range in age from 11 to 84,” MacDougall said, “representing many walks of life and viewpoints. But we’re all in this together, in terms of singing to build community and foster peace.”

Tickets are available at World Eye Bookshop and at the door for $10 to $12, though no one will be turned away due to a lack of money.