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Global Camps Africa Benefit with GRAMMY nominee Gentle Thunder
Monarch Event Center Theater
Austin, TX
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Global Camps Africa Benefit with GRAMMY nominee Gentle Thunder
GRAMMY nominated multi-instrumentalist (Native Am. flutes, drums & hammer dulcimer), recording artist, composer, producer and visionary, Gentle Thunder will host a benefit performance for the children of Global Camps Africa on Sunday October 25.  Gentle Thunder will be joined by Austin based percussionist Roger Friend. In addition, there will be a special guest appearance by Austin's own Susan Lincoln and members of the Hilde Girls, which was founded by Lincoln in Austin in 1998.

Global Camps Africa is a U.S. based nonprofit that provides a unique camp experience for children in South Africa affected by HIV/AIDS. http://www.GlobalCampsAfrica.org

At camp, children learn that they matter and they have contributions to make and we celebrate them, said Phil Lilenthal founder and CEO of Global Camps Africa who will be attending the concert.  The children have fun, they learn to swim and they learn music and they dance.  They also learn to respect and protect themselves and each other.  AIDS is typically a taboo subject in South Africa.  At camp they talk about AIDSthe very thing that has devastated their lives and they learn how to prevent it.

The camp is part education, part HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention and part crucial life skills all wrapped up in a spirit of fun and caring.  Three 9-day camps are held each year for 135 to 270 children each time, depending on available funding.  The children range in age from 11-16 years and are largely from the Soweto area of Johannesburg where black South Africans were relocated during apartheid.  Many of the children are orphans; all are vulnerable.  

In a country where it is estimated that one half of all 15-year olds will die of AIDS, each of us has it in our power to help stem the tide of children being affected and infected with this disease  Lilienthal said.  This benefit is inspirational and we hope will inspire others across the country to follow this lead in showing that talents can be combined with a humanitarian heart to help save childrens lives in South Africa.

During this musical evening, Gentle Thunder will weave her magical grand hammer dulcimer and Native American flutes, along with percussion artistry with Roger Friend into a concert of love and well being for the children.   Beyond Words with Will Clipman & AmoChip Dabney, Gentle Thunders third release was GRAMMY nominated Best New Age Album in 2006. Her most recent solo release, Opening the Gate was nominated Best Native American album in the 2007 New Age Reporter Lifestyle Music Awards. Gentle Thunder appears as special guest on Native American flute with GRAMMYnominated, multi-platinum former lead guitarist for Jefferson Starship/Starship Craig Chaquico and his band when her recording and touring schedule allows.

Austin audiences experienced Gentle Thunders heart filled musical presence last June at One World Theater with Chaquico, in February 2009 with 5-time GRAMMY nominated percussionist Will Clipman at Unity Center Austin and on KUT 90.5 FM interview hosted by John Aielli in February 2009 (archive available at http://kut.org/items/show/15797)and learn more about this artist at: http://www.GentleThunder.com

There will be a short reception prior to the concert.  A reception will follow the concert with a stock-your-cellar wine raffle, CD signing by Gentle Thunder, arts and crafts from South Africa and an informal gathering to learn more about the camp and its program from prior camp counselors and Global Camps Africa volunteers.

We want to focus on healing the Africa within each of us and the heart and soul of our planet by singing for children affected by AIDS, said Lincoln.  One of our songs features awareness brought to the attention of the world by Nkosi Johnson, a young African boy who died of AIDS.  For more information about Susan Lincoln and the Hilde Girls visit http://www.HildeGirls.com

Please join us for an enjoyable and inspiring evening that will support the magic of these camps, said Ginger McGuire an Austin resident and Global Camps Africa board member.


Monarch Event Center Theater
6406 North IH 35 Suite 3100
Austin, TX 78752
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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