Choir cel­e­brates peace

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

A CHOIR which fled civil war in Africa will per­form songs in­spired by its past at Cock­burn’s Cul­tural Fair in Atwell this Satur­day.

Choir leader Jean Philip Iram­bona said the group was founded by mem­bers of a Tan­za­nian refugee camp 20 years ago to ex­press their feel­ings about what was hap­pen­ing back home.

“When we were in Bu­rundi we had the war,” he said.

“We started the Bu­rundi Peace Choir to sing it, to dance it, to for­get what was hap­pen­ing in my coun­try.”

The Spear­wood-based choir’s tal­ented singers and mu­si­cians have planned an en­er­getic 40minute per­for­mance.

“We’re look­ing for­ward to singing, danc­ing, and hav­ing other peo­ple join in,” Mr Iram­bona said.

Some of the at­trac­tions on of­fer at the free event will in­clude ex­otic food stalls, a Chi­nese wa­ter sleeve dancer, a Ja­panese geisha and per­for­mances from Los Chasquis, Pop Academy Aus­tralia, the South­ern Cross Bush Band and African marimba drum­mers.

The grand fi­nal of Cock­burn’s Got Tal­ent will also be held on cen­tre stage.

Singing coach Jenelle Russo and some of her stu­dents will also per­form, with five of her bud­ding stars in the grand fi­nal.

Hamil­ton Hill sus­tain­abil­ity guru Chris Fer­reira will hold a cooking demon­stra­tion and car­i­ca­ture artist Jeremy Good­child will be creat­ing unique por­traits.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son­mu­ni­ d467916

The Peace Choir’s in­fec­tious melodies will get the crowd join­ing in.

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