Twenty-one classically trained vocalists who have performed for such world leaders as Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Muhammad Ali will headline a benefit concert in Halifax, today July 10, at 7 p.m. The Nathaniel Dett Chorale of Toronto, a professional Afrocentric chorale will perform African Canadian spirituals in a classical music style. The benefit concert is part of the Black Loyalist Heritage Society’s fundraising efforts. The society’s offices in Birchtown, Shelburne Co., were destroyed by a suspicious fire in March. The chorale’s manager heard about the society’s fundraising project and approached the Black Loyalist Heritage Society and the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, asking how the group could help. “Having the chorale participate in this concert signifies the desire for people to help from near and far,” said Wayn Hamilton, CEO, Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs. Saved by Grace — a local choir currently featured on the Vision TV reality series Gospel Challenge — will take part in the benefit concert, along with spoken word artists and African drummers. “We are very grateful for the help. We are pleased to receive support from the community,” said Richard Gallion, board member, Black Heritage Loyalist Society. “Events such as this are an opportunity for the community to come together and support one another.” The concert will take place at St. Andrews United Church, 6036 Coburg Rd., Halifax. Tickets are on sale for $20. For more information call 424-5555 or see the website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa/specialevents.asp .