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Local Sisters Sing to Benefit African Children

Two local sisters are putting their musical talents toward helping strangers on the other side of the world. KSMU's Jennifer Moore reports.

When Alea and Alexa Kilgore, ages 20 and 16, take to the stage at the Gilloiz Theatre in Springfield Tuesday night, their hearts will be in Africa.

The money they raise from the performance will benefit "Ethiopian Child," a local charity that supports the education of deaf children in Ethiopia.

The girls brought out their guitar in our studios and gave us a sample of their talent.

That's Alea, the older of the two sisters. And don't even begin to try to tell their voices apart.

She says the girls were inspired after meeting two deaf Ethiopian children who were adopted by a local couple in Springfield.

Sixteen-year-old Alexa says although she and her older sister compose much of their own music, Tuesday night's concert will consist mostly of tunes the audience will find familiar.

Alexa and Alea Kilgore have been singing since they were toddlers, but have only recently begun to put their talents towards a cause.

The founder of the not-for-profit Ethiopian Child is Rebecca Blitch. It was her two children, Fetlorik and Yonaton, who initially inspired Alexa and Alea to sing for charity.

Blitch says this is the charity's first major fundraising event, and that other local artists—including a painter and a documentary filmmaker—will be at Tuesday night's performance.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.

For more information on the event, you can call the Gillioz Theatre at 863-9491, or click on the link to our website,


  • The Gilllioz Theatre