Ugandan orphans connect to Columbia through music

1 year 6 months 3 weeks ago Friday, April 27 2018 Apr 27, 2018 Friday, April 27, 2018 7:35:00 PM CDT April 27, 2018 in News
By: Eva Cheng, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Eighteen Ugandan children orphaned by war and diseases performed a free concert named “Signs and Wonders” at Trinity Presbyterian Church Friday night. 

Solomon Mugabi, team leader of the Watoto Children's Choir, said the children are between ages 7 and 13. 

“Some of the children we have on the choir were babies when they were abandoned,” he said. 

Since Watoto Church founded the choir in 1994 in Uganda, Mugabi said, it has rescued many children from different local communities ravaged by war and fatal diseases like malaria and AIDS. 

According to a release from Trinity Presbyterian Church, 18 million children in sub-Saharan Africa have lost their parents to AIDS.

Mugabi said generations of choir members have traveled to six continents to perform dance, contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythms. 

Michael Stanfield, pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church, said this is the third time his church has partnered with Watoto Church to host the choir.

“These kids are extremely talented," he said. "It’s a great way to be able to experience part of the culture of Africa as well as to support some budding leaders that are coming out of Africa."

He said the children have appreciated the opportunity to bond with the local community, and they will stay with members of his church for the night.

“The best way they end up connecting locally with relationships that are long-lasting are usually from the folks they end up staying with,” Stanfield said.

Joseph Kisa, 11, was abandoned by his parents when he was a baby. He said the fact that he doesn’t remember anything about his biological family doesn’t make him feel alone.

“Music can change people’s lives and tell about all of our stories,” he said.

Kisa started learning how to sing last June and his next goal is to learn how to play drums.

Mugabi said Uganda is a music-loving country and it’s healing its wounds by bringing quality music to the world.

“We communicate to people when we travel," he said. "And it’s through song, it’s through dance, it’s through writing music."

Stanfield said the church expected 200 people to see the choir. He said, while the event was free and open to the public, many have made donations and purchased indigenous crafts and the choir's CDs to support the children.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council will approve the Magnolia Falls Park Improvement Project tonight. The park is located... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 5:29:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
SWEET SPRINGS – Imagine not having a doctor of any capacity in your town. Bruce and Melissa Eckhoff, along... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 4:40:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Federal authorities have charged 20 people with conspiring to distribute heroin and fentanyl in the... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 4:07:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - A second charge has been filed against Joseph Elledge for child abuse. He has been charged with... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 3:43:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
WEBB CITY, Mo. (AP) — Police say two people were found shot to death at a dentist’s office in... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 2:53:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
MARIES COUNTY - The Gasconade County Sheriff's Office added another "Most Wanted Fugitive" to their list Monday. Shay Vinson,... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 2:43:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of the state's "Clear the Air" campaign on Monday, bringing attention... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 2:29:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
HALLSVILLE - More than five units of the Boone County Fire Protection District responded to a house fire on Mt.... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 2:26:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Hundreds of containers — many carrying hazardous materials — have floated into Missouri since flooding in... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 12:19:03 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
DUNCAN, Oklahoma (AP) — Two men and a woman were fatally shot Monday outside a Walmart store in southwestern... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 12:08:00 PM CST November 18, 2019 in News
OSAGE BEACH - Police arrested two people Friday after searching a room at the Osage Village Inn and finding drugs... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 10:51:00 AM CST November 18, 2019 in News
ST. MARTINS (AP) — Authorities say one person has been wounded in a road-rage incident in central Missouri. ... More >>
2 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 7:44:00 AM CST November 18, 2019 in News
MOBERLY - Prosecutors charged a man Monday with one count of child abuse after police said he hurt a 10-month-old... More >>
3 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 4:20:00 AM CST November 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council on Monday night authorized the method for constructing the Columbia Regional Airport along with... More >>
3 days ago Monday, November 18 2019 Nov 18, 2019 Monday, November 18, 2019 12:48:00 AM CST November 18, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - After years in the making, Columbia City Council will be one step closer in deciding the final steps... More >>
3 days ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 7:05:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY—The Department of Planning and Protective Services in Jefferson City declared the first building with tornado damage as “dangerous”... More >>
3 days ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 6:03:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
SWEET SPRINGS - In some parts of Missouri, rural health care is on life support. A bright green handwritten... More >>
3 days ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:31:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA — As the hunting season begins hunters are being encouraged to share their harvests to help fellow Missourians. ... More >>
3 days ago Sunday, November 17 2019 Nov 17, 2019 Sunday, November 17, 2019 5:29:00 PM CST November 17, 2019 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 55°
7am 58°
8am 59°
9am 60°
10am 57°