Benefit concert for Congolese refugee family
Submitted by Don Keeble
A year ago, a family of eight was rescued from a West Uganda refugee camp by Catholic Charities and was brought to the United States to live in east Oakland. Sadly the family’s father, Sadiki, was run over by a car while bicycling last fall and hasn't been able to work, so Sadiki, his wife Noela, and their five sons and one daughter, ages 2-14, are relying on social services and the support of three churches to survive. These three churches include Lafayette United Methodist Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church of Fremont and Danville’s The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
In an effort to help this family, Don Keeble, who is the current chair of Church Council and has been a member of chancel choir at Lafayette United Methodist Church for 20 years, is organizing a special concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the Lafayette church located at 955 Moraga Road. Donations for the family will be accepted at the free event.
The concert will feature Keeble, who released his first album, “It’s All About Love,” in 2015 and has just finished his second, “Do Good, Be Well, Have Fun,” and Dave Nachmanoff - a singer-songwriter, songwriting teacher, recording engineer and amazing musician who helped Keeble write and record his new songs and has a brand new CD called “Cerulean Sky.” Nachmanoff is also Al Stewart's guitar player for those who remember the ‘70s!
“I've fallen in love with this family and had them over for several pool parties last summer,” Keeble said, “they'd never been in a swimming pool!” So many firsts for this family, please come support them and enjoy some great music!