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In the East African language of Swahili, the word watoto means children. In Africa, there are many orphaned children. Some of the more fortunate have been embraced by well-meaning organizations, like the Watoto Children’s Villages. And from there many go on to travel the world singing in the Watoto Children’s Choir.
This week the young singers are in Kansas City, performing their Beautiful Africa: A New Generation tour. All performances are free and open to the public.
Kansas City-area performances:
6 p.m., Saturday, April 26 –Plaza Heights Baptist Church, 1500 Clark Road,
Blue Springs, Mo.
10:40 a.m., Sunday, April 27, Turning Point Church, 9150 Blue Ridge Blvd.
Kansas City, Mo.
6:p.m., Sunday, April 27, Breakthrough Community Church, 11411 W 71st Terrace
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, Peculiar United Methodist Church, 20521 S. School Road
7 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, Central Free Will Baptist Church, 3200 Blue Ridge Ext.
7 p.m., Thursday, May 1, Harvest Church, 4300 Corrington Ave.
Ambassadors for children
The Watoto Children’s Choir acts as ambassadors for the children to raise awareness about the plight of orphaned and vulnerable children of Africa. Watoto is a holistic child-care solution initiated to serve the dire needs of Africa and her people.
Each child 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 nurturing they need to grow up as productive citizens of their own country.
With vibrant, original African music, dance routines, life-transforming stories, the tour is indicative of the new generation of leaders emerging out of children.
“Through the choir’s Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of Africa’s rescued orphans and women. We hope to reach out to audiences with the message of Christ’s healing power,” said Gary Skinner Watoto Founder.
With its genuine appeal, accompanied by music and dance – an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm – the globally acclaimed Watoto Children’s Choirs has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.
Since its inception, 64 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with a bigger worldview, an unusual opportunity they would otherwise never get. The choirs have been to Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the U.S, among others. Their audiences have included royalty, presidents, ministers, and the ordinary person, capturing many hearts wherever they go.