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Watoto Children's Choir: Signs and Wonders Tour

5th May, 2017 by Jude Owens

Last Wednesday, a year since their previous visit, Watoto Children’s Choir raised the roof again with a lunchtime and evening concert from their 2017 Signs and Wonders Tour. The audience were drawn to the beat of the drum as the choir took to the stage with radiant smiles and beautifully patterned dresses and outfits competing with the bright lights on the stage. There are 56 dialects in Uganda and whilst English is the number one language, it is said that the beat of the drum unites them. The concert began with some introductory footage from their home country Uganda where the Watoto Church has been celebrating Christ and caring for the community since 1983 where currently over 3,000 orphan children are loved and cared for by the church living by their motto: RESCUE RAISE REBUILD. The audience were soon swaying, clapping their hands and even jumping to the lively and happy music celebrating "all the wonderful things God has done" - in a cross between a well-choreographed Zumba class and a gospel choir as they sang catchy songs from their new album, such as "Never let me go" and "This is my story" with inspiring graphics and words, "I come alive on God's great dance floor..." shining on the big screen. There was even audience participation with student boys and girls teams learning a new dance and competing against each other before the boys were declared the winners.

The choir are currently on tour for six and a half months visiting the UK, Channel Islands and the Netherlands and "feel blessed" to meet so many people. David encouraged the students to tell their parents and teachers they love them as they strive to "see something good in you" and encouraged them to work hard to make sure they are the best person they can be. Their evening concert was similarly enthusiastically received and enjoyed.

The Watoto Choir brought joy to the Academy and everyone was smiling by the end of the memorable and moving concert and Kings is grateful to the local Cheddar Community Church for sponsoring their visit.