RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A group of special guests stopped by our studio on Saturday afternoon, and they definitely made a joyful noise.
The African Children's Choir is on an eight-month tour of the U.S., and fortunately, they have several stops in the Richmond area.
The members spoke with us about their musical journey and how it helps not only them, but those who hear them as well.
They've got the moves and the harmonies, and amazingly, they are no more than ten years old.
These 18 children make up the African Children's Choir, and they traveled here all the way from Uganda.
"They touch people's lives with their character and with their singing," said choir director Sania Nakayiza.
The children have been singing contemporary gospel music in English as well as in their native language of Luganda for a few months now here in the United States.
In fact, eight-year-old Sam Ssegawa knows exactly how long they have been away from home and on the road.
"Four months and three weeks," said Ssegawa.
They stay on the road for about a year, performing all over the world. They actually performed in Colonial Heights on Friday night.
However, for them, this opportunity is more than about seeing neat places and singing and dancing.
It is a chance to leave some of the poorest areas in their country, and build promising futures, which the African Children's Choir has been doing for hundreds of children for over thirty years.
"The children benefit, first of all, through education, and second of all, they get to know about God and also study their bible. We teach them mentorship skills and we discipline them. Also, they are paid for their education all throughout secondary school, primary school and university school," said Nakayiza.
This is good news, especially for Sam, since he'll be in school for a while.
"I want to be a doctor," said Ssegawa.
He and all of these children are well on their way to fulfilling their dreams while putting smiles on the faces of those who have the privilege of watching them in action.
You can catch the choir Sunday morning at Buford Road Baptist Church in Richmond.
They will perform at 10:45 a.m.
The choir will then head to Northern Virginia to perform several shows.
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