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African choir sings in Spokane

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COLBERT, Wash. -

On Sunday, a group of about 10 singers performed at the Covenant United Methodist Church in Colbert, Wash. The group is in town from Kenya. They are staying at a house in Spokane, and will be traveling around the area to perform, and sell their bead work. 

Nicholas Sironka is the leader of the group. He is from Kenya, and lives in Spokane now. He said these singers are here to help out their families and live better lives. "[They are here] to have two blankets for the children instead of one. To have shoes to go to school. That's the life I strive for them to find by coming to sing," said Sironka

The singers hope to raise $23,000 to cover their airfare, and then an additional $3,000 for each singer to take back home. Sironka said that is enough money to build a comfortable home and bring a better life to their families. 

"They are not entertainers. They are just people from different homes who sing everyday while sweeping, they sing while taking care of their cows, but they enjoy signing to praise God," Sironka said.

The singers from Kenya want to perform at as many schools and churches as they can. They will be having a concert at the Bing Crosby Theater on Thursday, Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 or $15 depending on where you would like to sit.

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