Vi­brant chil­dren’s choir per­forms tonight

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The glob­ally ac­claimed Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir from Uganda will be in Mata­mata tonight Wed­nes­day, May 30 at Mata­mata Bap­tist Church.

Hosted by In­ter­na­tional Aid and De­vel­op­ment agency, TEAR Fund, the choir’s en­er­getic fu­sion of con­tem­po­rary gospel and tra­di­tional African rhythm has won global ac­claim from royalty, pres­i­dents and min­is­ters.

Trav­el­ling in­ter­na­tion­ally since 1994 as am­bas­sadors for the mil­lions of chil­dren in Africa or­phaned as a re­sult of HIV/Aids, war and poverty, the choir will travel around the North Is­land for three weeks.

Wa­toto Min­istries is based in Kam­pala, Uganda and cur­rently takes care of more than 2500 or­phaned and vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren from three vil­lages in the coun­try.

En­ti­tled, Beau­ti­ful Africa: A New Gen­er­a­tion, this tour fea­tures vi­brant African mu­sic, dance rou­tines and life­trans­form­ing sto­ries that tell the story of Wa­toto chil­dren.

TEAR Fund events or­gan­iser, Me­gan Clax­ton is thrilled to bring Wa­toto to New Zealand.

‘‘The Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir is much loved by New Zealand au­di­ences.

‘‘ They carry with them the sto­ries of Africa’s res­cued or­phans and their in­cred­i­ble mes­sage of trans­for­ma­tion,’’ Ms Clax­ton said.

‘‘ We en­cour­age all New Zealan­ders to come to this free con­cert and hear their story.’’

The Wa­toto pro­duc­tion de­buted in the United States in Septem­ber 2011.

It

has

trav­elled

through Canada, Bri­tain and Australia with its final stop a North Is­land, New Zealand tour.

Choir 52 met the Queen Eliza- beth in early May and will be per­form­ing as part of the 60th Ju­bilee Cel­e­bra­tions at Wind­sor Cas­tle.

En­try is free but do­na­tions are wel­come. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion and tour de­tails are at: tear­fund.org. nz/wa­toto2012/.

Com­ing to Mata­mata: The Wa­toto Chil­dren’s Choir will per­form at Mata­mata Bap­tist Church.

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