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Big Kenny receives honor for African work

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 – Big Kenny Alphin, one half of Big & Rich, will be the second U.S recipient of the African Children’s Choir Malaika Award. In recognition of his work in the Sudan, The African Children’s Choir will present the Malaika Award to Alphin during its 4th Annual Benefit Gala in New York City on Dec. 3.

Alphin will perform with the choir that morning on CBS This Morning at 7 a.m. The award is presented to individuals for outstanding work on behalf of Africa’s most vulnerable children.

Five individuals have been presented with The Malaika Award including former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown; President George Bush for his approval of legislation combating HIV/AIDS and other diseases in Africa, and most recently to Sir Bob Geldorf.

The African Children’s Choir is made up of children from the poorest countries of the world who have lost one or both parents to poverty or disease. Since its inception in 1984, more than 52,000 children have been educated through the efforts of the Choir’s programs and more than 100,000 people have been helped through their relief and development programs throughout the 7 countries the organization serves.

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