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Blind school rocks to the sound of Alabama soul

THE Shanghai Blind Children School was filled with the sound of soul yesterday.

As part of a charity event organized by Amway (China), five-time Grammy winners the Blind Boys of Alabama greeted the students with songs and gifts. It was the band's first visit to China.

The school said signed CDs from the band were probably the best New Year gifts for the students, who loved singing and listening to music.

The singers from the United States even featured a Chinese folk song in their repertoire.

"At that moment, love was floating in everyone's heart no matter what color or what age you are," a Chinese agent of the band said yesterday. "Their voices were so hopeful that it let people forget their worries."

Established in 1939, the Blind Boys of Alabama have won fame and appreciation for their music around the world.

Besides winning numerous awards, their songs have also featured in movies and television shows including "Sister Act," the first season of "Lost" and Japanese show "The Great White Tower."

The band is playing an Amway charity concert in the Shanghai Grand Theater tonight and some of the blind school's students have been invited to perform with them.

The band also has dates in Nanjing and Hangzhou.


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