Ugandan choir of orphans has Bulwell rocking!

IN FINE VOICE -- the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Coun Michael Wildgust (Lab), and his wife, Carole, with four members of the choir, (from left) ten-year-olds Annette Xlaigaga and Joseph Mutaka, nine-year-old Stephen Senyonjo and eight-year-old Sylvia Nabakenya
IN FINE VOICE -- the Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Coun Michael Wildgust (Lab), and his wife, Carole, with four members of the choir, (from left) ten-year-olds Annette Xlaigaga and Joseph Mutaka, nine-year-old Stephen Senyonjo and eight-year-old Sylvia Nabakenya

AN ENERGETIC performance from a choir made up of African orphans had Bulwell’s Christian Fellowship rocking.

The Watoto Children’s Choir is made up of Ugandan youngsters, aged between seven and 14, whose parents have died as a result of AIDS, war, or poverty.

But they travel the world spreading a message of hope through their music.

Thirty-two choir members, dressed in colourful, traditional Ugandan outfits, wowed a 200-strong audience at the Fellowship on Strelley Street on Saturday June 11.

For one-and-a-half hours, the performers belted out songs in Swahili and also English. More than £940 was raised, which will fund the work of the choir.

Tony Jordan, pastor of the Christian Fellowship, said: “You had to be there to fully appreciate it. The show made it look like Britain’s NOT got talent! Everyone is talking about the show.”

The Watoto choir was formed among children helped in Uganda by Watoto Childcare Ministries, a charity founded in 1994.