Prison choral group to release CD

Sunday June 19,1 p.m.
House of Joy, 5912 Hamilton Ave.

UBUNTU Men’s Chorus at London Correctional Institution will release its first CD, “Begin to Love,” on Father’s Day. Bishop Todd O’Neal will host the event, with Dr. Catherine Roma and other friends of the Choral Arts in Ohio Prisons, on hand.

Founded and directed by Roma in 2012, UBUNTU now consists of 52 men.

The CD was recorded on site in London, Ohio, and engineered at the Praise Factory Studio in Cincinnati. Four members of UBUNTU composed eight pieces on the 14-track CD.

“Archbishop Desmond Tutu said that Ubuntu is the essence of being a person,” said one of the singers. “It means we are people through other people. If the world had more Ubuntu, we would not have war. It is a blessing and honor to contribute something positive when all around us the chatter is negative.”

Five charities will receive the proceeds from sale of the CDs, including WordPlay in Cincinnati and the statewide People’s Justice Project, which focuses on re-entry.

The CDs will be available locally at Shake It Records.

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