Afghan refugee to speak at solstice concert in Helena


Basir Rahmati, a refugee from war-torn Afghanistan, will talk about her experience of moving to Helena during the 16th annual solstice celebration and concert next week. 

Hands On Global, the Helena-based nonprofit that helped bring Rahmati and other Afghan refugees to Helena last year, will receive a free-will donation from the audience at the event scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec. 21, the shortest day of the year, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church at the corner of Lawrence and Cruse avenues in Helena. 

A Helena Afghan Refugee Resettlement Team volunteer holds up a prayer rug available to Afghan refugees in Helena.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

The solstice celebration is a non-denominational event and is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature the Wilbur Rehmann Quartet with special guest vocalist MJ Williams performing jazz music. 

Folk singer and Montana native Judy Fjell will perform a holiday song that she has reimagined, called “Carol of a Different Drum.”

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