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Amidst all the options for entertainment this summer, be sure to mark your calendar for an event unlike any other!
IMBA – the Swahili word for SING
IMBA Together is a free concert featuring gospel and Christian contemporary music that will take place at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Saturday, July 23rd. Artists from all over the country, and in fact the world, are invited to come and showcase their talents with the mission to use one voice to honor God and to raise awareness for those living with autism.
The heart and soul behind this unique celebration of music and diversity is Anna Sintaji. Anna, who is originally from Tanzania, brought IMBA Together to the Triad in 2015 and the event was held four times prior to the pandemic, growing in size and recognition each time.
For this year’s event, Anna is partnering with her friend in the event planning business, Kristin Johnson, because she knew Kristin shared her passion for celebrating the healing power of music and its ability to bridge the gaps between people from all walks of life. (Not to mention that Kristin’s event planning resume is longer than the Yadkin River!)
Both Anna and Kristin believe that beautiful things happen, not in the managing of hundreds of tiny details that go into orchestrating an event of this size, but in the way that doing so brings a variety of people together for a common cause. Sometimes the most basic tasks can uncover special meaning as friendships are made and bonds are formed by people who may not have had reason to meet otherwise.
Autism awareness and support is crucial to Anna and her family. Her 21-year-old son Edward is a person living with autism. One thing that Anna can always count on is that music can soothe and calm Edward when other things fail.
“Regardless of the language you speak, the style you sing, the color of your skin, the church you attend (if you even attend church), your style, your age, your gender, we are all coming together on July 23rd to praise God and to promote autism awareness,” says Anna. Kristin says that she feels “fortunate and humbled to be involved with the event.”
IMBA Together will take place at the Millennium Center in Winston-Salem on Saturday, July 23 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and is FREE to the public. You can also hear Anna and Kristin talk more about the event on the Forsyth Magazines Podcasts here: podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/forsyth-magazines/
Information is also available at www.imbatogether.org. And on YouTube at Imba Together and Instagram @imbatogether.