Please join us for an evening all about unity, commUNITY and the power of music and movement to connect us and create space where love and understanding can grow. We will be raising money so the Umoja Choir can record, mix, and master their first album. The event will offer snacks provided by Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob, a signature fall cocktail, beer/wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and desserts from Hardy Coffee Company.
The event will take place in the Blackstone District at 3904 Farnam Street, the old Pulp space, west of Nite Owl. There is parking behind the building in a lot, street parking and metered parking in front.
Cost: $10 donation at the door, but feel free to donate more the night of the event. There are limited seats so please arrive before the 6:30 performance begins. First come first serve.
If you aren’t able to attend, but would still like to donate or learn more about the Umoja Choir, you can donate to their GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/umoja-refugee-choir-recording-fund
About the Umoja Choir:
The Umoja Choir began in August of 2010. It was started by Dieudonne Manirakiza and Eric Erson after they arrived in Omaha, NE as a creative outlet for their community. The choir was initially called The Burundian Choir, and the name was changed to the Umoja Choir as it welcomed more members from other African countries including Kenya, Rwanda, Congo, Uganda, and Tanzania. “Umoja” is the Swahili word for “unity.”
Earlier this year, through connections in Omaha, the choir partnered with Laura Burhenn of The Mynabirds and is featured on the song “Hold On” on her most recent album “Be Here Now.” Eric and Dieudonne performed with her on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert in September which we will screen at the event. A GoFundMe page with more information on how to donate to the choir will go live soon and we will post on this page.
6:00 – Grab food + drink and find a spot
6:30 – DB Tamang performs
7:00 – Umoja Choir performs
8:00 – Sarah Rowe + friends perform
8:30 – Mesonjixx performs
Huge thanks to all of our sponsors for this event, including Dundee Bank, Greenslate, the Blackstone District, Amsterdam Falafel & Kabob, and Hardy Coffee Company.