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



 

Tunakushukuru

 

What better thing could this man do

Than to give himself for his friends?

 

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