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Watoto Children’s Choir Will Bring You Joy This Christmas

Watoto is “children” in Swahili. The group uses song and dance to raise awareness about orphaned and vulnerable children in Africa.

Listen: Tim Sisarich chats with Ally Barnes on Hope Breakfast about the Watoto Children’s Choir and their new Christmas album

By Ally BarnesThursday 16 Dec 2021Hope BreakfastChristmasReading Time: 1 minute

If you haven’t heard of the Watoto Children’s Choir, they’re a travelling choir made up of former child soldiers and orphans from Uganda and South Sudan.

Their voices and dance choreography is full of joy and purpose, as their performances bring healing to the many members who were orphaned through war and disease.

Over the decades they’ve performed at Buckingham Palace, the White House, as well as touring Australia and performing for former Prime Minister John Howard in Canberra.

This morning on Hope Breakfast, Ally Barnes spoke to Watoto Australia’s country director Tim Sisarich about the healing nature of performing, and the impact of COVID on the orphanage and fundraising efforts.

Though the pandemic has prevented the children’s choir from touring, it hasn’t dampened their creative spirits or their love of singing – Watoto Australia has released three Christmas tracks as a free gift, to say thank you, and to celebrate this special time of year together, across the world!

You can listen to the full chat in the media player above, or visit watoto.com to hear more from the choir.

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