If You Miss Me From Singing
Come join Adelaide’s Hot Gospel Choir & super-talented friends for an afternoon of song in a beautiful Adelaide community hall. We love to sing and - happily - friends and family often ask us we'll perform again. Y
ou'll also hear from some of our favourite singer friends, including captivating songstress, Hanna, and powerful indigenous singer songwriter, Si Wilson.
Help us raise money for a Circle of Friends program, supporting a family of four with two little girls aged 5 and 8, who are permanently on “temporary” visas. (Circle 13: Family of Four)
MEET HOT GOSPEL CHOIR
Neither Black nor African, our Adelaide, community-based Hot Gospel choir sings mostly from a genre called “Black Gospel”, remembering a slice of history, celebrating the generations of Africans who lived in slavery and poverty in the United States. They had nothing. Yet in their faith - and these songs - they found joy and HOPE. It’s that resilience that we want to share with you.
MEET SI WILSON
Singer songwriter Si Wilson sings his spellbinding songs from the heart about his indigenous experience in contemporary Australia.
Sultry songstress Hanna brings her smokey vocals and irresistible charm to the stage for one last appearance before she returns to Mexico.
"Circle 13: Family of Four" refers to a refugee family here in Adelaide, who are supported by people from the national non-profit, Circle of Friends Incorporated. The two girls were born in Australia in 2014 and 2018, after their mother and father fled to Australia in 2013, from Bangladesh, where their father was a respected tailor and machinist.
Like their parents, the children are only allowed to stay on temporary bridging visas, renewed every 6 months, with no prospect of permanently staying in Australia. This is because their parents came by boat in late 2013 and were first sent to offshore detention in Nauru, and only to mainland Australia during the first pregnancy in 2014.
Currently their father has casual work in a vegetable greenhouse, but this is seasonal, with no work during the winter months. Their mother has a life-long chronic illness. The little girls appear to be fine, thanks to the care and love of their parents.
The Australian govt constantly reminds them: “You will never settle in Australia - go find another country”. The parents are mentally exhausted.
Choir member, Lesley Walker, says Circle 13 has assisted them financially & socially throughout the past ten years, raising funds for utilities, car registration, dental and medications. The family remains hopeful that one day they might enjoy a safe life in Australia, and a safe future for their daughters. (Photo shown with permission from their parents).