African music at Atonement Lutheran

Lasana Kanneh will present a concert of African music at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport on Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m. (Courtesy photo)

Award-winning singer Lasana Kanneh will present a concert of African music at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport on Sunday, July 21, at 3 p.m.

Kanneh titles his band “IJenNeh,” which means “heaven.” His music is a combination of reggae, African gospel and blues, and it will include stories of his life growing up in war-ravaged Liberia.

Kanneh was born blind and was abandoned at the school for the blind in Monrovia, Liberia. He began his singing career with Echoes of the Blind, then became part of Liberian Acappella and the African Gospel Acappella. He has been featured on NPR, as well as Voice of America. He states that he escaped war, persecution, poverty, abuse and personal failure to bring songs of faith, hope and restoration.

A free-will offering will be taken to support IJenNeh and Kanneh’s ministry.

Kanneh will also share special music at the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. church services on July 21. Atonement is a Reconciling in Christ congregation and welcomes those of any ethnicity, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, marital status, age, economic situation and physical or mental ability to join them in worship and ministry. Call 541-265-2554 for more information or visit the church website, www.atonementlutheran.com.

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