George Makinto, better known as Makinto, is an award-winning composer, arranger, lyricist, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller. He pioneered the genre of African Soul Music in the Ivory Coast and trained a new generation of musicians in Niger; won First Prize for his One-Man Show, Merci Mama Africa, at the International Theater Festival of Avignon, France; performed with Miriam Makeba and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Rome for Pope Jean Paul II; and co-created the “Worship His Majesty” event at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. He wrote over 300 original songs and tunes. Makinto also founded Joyful Music & Arts Center in Los Angeles, California and co-founded a non-profit organization, Amahoro International. Makinto considers himself a musical activist whose additional professional accomplishments include: Associate Pastor and Worship Leader at The Light Christian Fellowship and Goodwill Ambassador for Peace and Development for WAFUNIF, an agency of the United Nations.


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      MUSIC FOR THE                   NATIONS

 Local mission: Provide quality entertainment and musical instruction to under-privileged inner city children and inner city seniors in Los Angeles and the USA

  Global mission: Build a creative platform for African Youth to express their God -given musical talents and bring quality music instruction to African children and Youth. Build a bridge of creativity between the developed and underdeveloped world.

Music for the Nations is a working unit of (ACT International, Artists in Christian Testimony)  EIN number 95-3660821.

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To learn more about our African outreach initiative, please visit our non-profit Organization AMAHORO INTERNATIONAL

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