Our Mission

Poster for 2012 concert commemorating famous 1912 labor strikes in Lawrence, MA

Poster for 2012 concert commemorating famous 1912 labor strikes in Lawrence, MA

Amandla means “power” in the South African language of Zulu, and our power comes from singing!  Amandla sings to celebrate life and to articulate social concerns. We work to provide inspiration in the struggles for justice and peace, and choose songs and source material from around the world.

We strive to support and promote human rights. Our goal is to enlighten, as well as to entertain.

Amandla fans refer to our concerts as “soul nourishment.”  Through audience participation, Director Eveline MacDougall creates community and leads listeners and singers alike through an inspiring, emotional journey.

Our Story

The Amandla Chorus was founded by Eveline MacDougall in 1988 as a way to support the then-growing campaign to end apartheid in South Africa. Since then, the chorus has added songs from many lands and in many languages as a way to share the joy of singing in community and to take a stand for human rights.

Eveline--exuberant directingAmandla offers songs that are both rousingly joyful and deeply meditative to honor the spectrum of experiences on our Earth. Songs celebrating our natural world, the many struggles for justice, rites of passage, and the strength of community are among Amandla’s large repertoire.

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.

2002--Thank you from inmateIn 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.

See the Events page for a listing of current and past performances.