Eveline MacDougall founded the Amandla Chorus in 1988 as an anti-apartheid activist choir. (“Amandla” means power in Zulu—a name chosen by a South African member.) For three decades, the chorus continually broadened its mission to include local and global social justice issues. In 2019, the group adopted the name “Fiery Hope” to reflect the many shifts necessary in our era of accelerating environmental challenges and diminishing freedoms. “
Fiery Hope offers songs that are both rousingly joyful and deeply meditative to honor the spectrum of experiences on our Earth. Also among the chorus’s large repertoire are songs celebrating our natural world, the many struggles for justice, rites of passage, and the strength of community.
The chorus travels to prisons, schools and universities, rallies, protests, concert halls, soup kitchens, and community centers to bring our songs to audiences of all ages and walks of life. Our songs have brought us into the presence of some of our most treasured heroes, including Nelson Mandela, Pete Seeger and Cesar Chavez. Yet some of our most moving experiences have been while singing in remote or dismal places like prisons and shelters.
In more recent years we have been honored to offer our music by special invitation in private settings including memorial services, weddings, and at the bedsides of those at life’s end. The people we find in these situations are not famous or celebrated, yet they inspire us deeply. They remind us that we need art as surely as food and shelter.
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