A band from Tanzania known for its wide range of music, from traditional African drum rhythms, close harmonies, to modern western style instruments with an African flair, will give concerts at a Palm Desert church Saturday and Sunday.
The New Life Band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, and at 8 and 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Hope Lutheran Church.
Over the past 25 years, the New Life Band has developed an active and vibrant ministry to youth in Tanzania through school visitations, national youth camps and conferences, outdoor Christian rallies, concerts and performances, and one-on-one counseling and guidance, a church spokesman said in a release.
“Their ministry has been deeply committed to reaching out to help today's youth of Tanzania often caught up in an atmosphere of poverty, unemployment, substance abuse and lack of direction for their lives,” the spokesman said. Their youth camps, held two to three times per year, are typically attended by more than 1,000 young people. The musicians reach more than 600,000 people each year through concerts and outdoor rallies.
The church is at 45-900 Portola Ave.