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Tearfund's Mwangaza Tour

Ugandan children’s choir to light up the stage

For the first time in New Zealand, the Mwangaza Children’s Choir will perform a series of free concerts on behalf of Tearfund, giving audiences a taste of African culture.

Vibrant costumes, joyful music, energetic dancing, infectious smiles and inspirational stories will be part of the experience as 20 children aged between eight and 12 dance and sing their hearts out in the 2018 ‘Light-up Tour’. The tour begins in Auckland on April 29 and finishes in Christchurch on May 27.

“The Mwangaza (pronounced m-wahn-GAH-zah) means shining light in Swahili and that’s what you will see in the faces of the children as they perform,” 

“The children of Uganda have been greatly challenged by poverty, HIV/AIDs, and conflict, with many taken by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and forced to become child soldiers. These kids are representing all the children of Uganda and showing that with the help of child sponsorship, Uganda’s children can rise above these things and make the country a different place.”

The choir will perform in the North Island and upper-South Island from Northland to Christchurch and many places in between. The internationally acclaimed choir has travelled across the United States, Holland, UK, and Germany, Singapore and Australia, and they have released six albums.

Now it's your turn:

Do you want to represent NZ in a cross-cultural exchange of a lifetime with the Mwangaza children’s choir from Uganda? Can you sing the Aoteroa’s national anthem in Maori?
We are calling children 8-12 in the North Island or upper South Island to sing the national anthem in Maori, solo, at a performance by Uganda’s Mwangaza Children’s choir. The choir will then respond by singing the anthem in English.

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The winner will be hosted by Tearfund and spend the day rehearsing with the choir at a performance closest to their hometown.
The winner will be announced on April 23. 


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