All interested singers are welcome to Open Rehearsals!

Recent past performances:

2017

  • May 5: CoHo Concert Series in collaboration with the musical duo Fire Pond—Amherst, MA
  • April 2: Two Amandla’s spring concerts (family and general audience). Raised $500 for the Center for New Americans—Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA
  • March 30: 10th Annual Power of Women event—Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, MA
  • February 16: Benefit for Child Haven International–All Souls Church, Greenfield, MA

2016

  • An Evening with Malala YousafzaiJuly 28: We performed Eveline MacDougall’s original song, “Malala,” at an appearance of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai!—Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, RI
  • July 26: Concert, “Freedom’s a Beautiful Song”—Shea Theater, Turners Falls, MA

  • April 30: Spring Concert with special guest: Evelyn Harris—Northampton, MA
  • March 19: Spring Concert with special guests Dan Tinen and Margaret O’Connor—Greenfield, MA
  • February 6: Greenfield Winter Farmers’ Market, Greenfield, MA

2015

  • Screen Shot 2015-04-15 at 2.57.48 PMMay 16 & 17: Annual Spring concert in collaboration with Fire Pond. Raised $500 to benefit The Literacy Project and $500 for the Greenfield Farmers Market SNAP incentive program
  • March 24: Sing-along of civil rights music to celebrate the life of Juanita Nelson—Greenfield, MA

No two Amandla events are alike. We perform with as few as four singers or as many as 40 in a wide variety of settings. We bring our audience on an emotional journey: from boundless excitement to heartrending grief to contemplative stillness and back to joy. Amandla concert-goers have called the experience spiritual. Here are examples of our rich performance history:

Benefits

Benefit concert, 2007

Benefit concert, 2007

The Center for New Americans • Literacy Project • Greenfield Farmers Market SNAP Program • Holyoke Rehabilitation Center • Orphanages in Northern India and Haiti • Just Roots & Grow Food Northampton • Pioneer Valley War Tax Refusers • Walk for World Peace • Peace Pagoda • Earth Day events • National Child Rights Alliance • Massachusetts Rainforest Action Group • Tibetfest • AIDS Events • Traprock Peace Center • South African Daycare Center • Pioneer Valley South African Family • Swords Into Plowshares • Mental Health Awareness Events • Giving Tree School (Gill, MA) • Mothers in Prison • Mediation Conference • NELCWIT • Western Massachusetts Prison Interest Group • Sojourner Health Center (VT) • Survival Center (Amherst, MA) • Voices for Darfur • Meals on Wheels • Karuna Center for Peacemaking • Greenfield Public Library

Political Events

1999--Mobilize for MumiaCelebration of life for Nelson Mandela • Soweto Commemoration • Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration • MLK Day Services • Take Back the Night Marches • Rallies Following Violence/Murders/Hate Crimes • “Bridge to Selma” • Atomic Cabaret (Greenfield, MA) • Art and Social Justice Conference • Post-Desecration of Temple Israel (Greenfield, MA) • Reflections of Auschwitz • Peoples’ Music Network • International Human Rights Day • Veterans’ Day • Underground Railroad Educational Series • Wally Nelson Centenary Celebration • “350” Day

Special Events

2006--weddingmemorial services • weddings • baby-welcomings • hospital visits • nursing home visits • head injury unit at Holyoke Rehabilitation Center • bat/bar mitzvahs • graduation parties • people at life’s end • anniversaries • birthdays • schools and universities in MA, VT, and NH • church services • prisons in MA, CT, and NY • soup kitchens and shelters • community meals • workshops for women survivors of trauma • film soundtrack • peace vigils/rallies/protests

Opened or Appeared With

Amandla singers having just met Nelson Mandela, 1990.

Barwa and Amandla singers having just met Nelson Mandela, 1990.

Malala Yousafzai • Evelyn Harris, formerly of Sweet Honey in the Rock • Dan Tinen • Libana • Dr. Horace Clarence Boyer • Tom Paxton • Allan Boesak • Jim Wallis • Jane Sapp • Barwa • Nelson Mandela • Fred Small • Charlie King • Pete Seeger • Archbishop Desmond Tutu • Cesar Chavez • Wally and Juanita Nelson • Martín Espada • Pioneer Valley Gay Men’s Chorus • Fire Pond

Notable Performances

Opening performance at Dunkin Donuts Center with Malala Yousafzai • Lincoln Center with Pete Seeger • Clearwater Festival • Esplanade – Hatch Shell (Boston) Rally to Welcome Nelson Mandela • MassMOCA