Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Ugandan children's choir adds Gautier to '05 tour

The Harvest Worship Center is making plans to host the Watoto Children's Choir from Uganda next year at the Gautier Convention Center.

Charles W. Clonts, a member of the pastoral council, said the church is fortunate to be included on the choir's American tour and is holding the performance at the Convention Center on March 16 to allow more people to attend.

Watoto means the children in Swahili. The choirs have been touring since 1994 as a fund-raising effort for their orphanage.

The child care center, founded in 1992, grew out of an English-speaking church established in 1983 by Canadian missionaries. There are approximately 2 million orphaned children in Uganda as a result of civil war and AIDS.

Two choirs, each comprising 24 children ages 10 to 13, tour the U.S., Canada, England and Australia.

The 1½-hour performance is a soulful blend of African rhythms, contemporary and gospel music and ethnic dances. The children wear colorful, traditional Uganda clothing.

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