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African children’s choir gives free concert in Woodland

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From page A9 | October 14, 2011 |

Uganda’s Watoto Children’s Choir will visit Woodland United Fellowship, 240 N. West St., at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, to share their music, culture and life stories with local schoolchildren and the community. All are welcome and admission is free.

Accompanied by music and dance — an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm — the globally acclaimed choir has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa who have been orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.

“Beautiful Africa: A New Generation” is the theme of the current choir tour. With vibrant, original African music, dance routines and life-transforming stories, the tour is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of Watoto.

“Through the choir’s Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women,” said Gary Skinner, Watoto founder. “We hope to reach out to audiences with the message of Christ’s healing power.”

The production debuted in the United States last month and is bound for Washington, Oregon, Arizona and New Mexico, concluding in Denver. The choir also has performed in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both parents. They live in Watoto Children’s Villages where they receive the care and nurture they need to grow up as productive citizens of their country.

Since its inception, 49 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with a bigger world view.

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