top of page
The Friend Of AfricaSteve Kercher and the African Children's Choir

The Friend of Africa

Words by Kevin Belmonte with Steve Kercher

Music by Steve Kercher


Few men tried to stem the tide

Of captive African souls

Many said “It can’t be done—

There’s nothing we can do."

Chances came and passed them by

Yet long ago one man tried


To break the chains his nation placed

On the children of another race

He gave so much to set them free

This lover of humanity

And though a heavy price was paid

His love burned in a constant flame

In spending himself he became

The friend of Africa


Through all the years of struggle and tears

He fought that others could know

Africa’s cry for freedom

He did all that he could do

Many years passed him by

Yet still he believed and still he tried




What better thing could this man do

Than to give himself for his friends?


Tunakushukuru rafiki ya Afrika (We thank you, friend of Africa)







bottom of page