New Choir Tour – Oh What Love

ANNOUNCING OH, WHAT LOVE
A New Watoto Children’s Choir Production

Imagine a new Africa. Reborn, revived, rebuilt. The all-new production, Oh What Love, by the Watoto Children’s Choir, presents the vitality of the new Africa. Its vibrance, urban sound and colour takes you on an emotional journey from utter despair to joyous celebration, as the children share their stories.

The tour begins in January 2015, bringing a dynamic worship experience by those who were once orphans, sharing their journeys to redemption and demonstrating God’s desire to be a loving father to all mankind.


“After losing my parents I felt lonely, with no one to love me. Now I know that God is my father. He loves and cares for me. On the choir, I am going to show people that God loves them too,” says six-year-old Jackie Nakku.

Gary Skinner, Watoto Founder says, “God’s heart for the marginalised is not just to see individuals rescued but rather to see them thrive as their lives are transformed by His good news. The stories of the children are real and represent thousands of others who are experiencing this incredible transformation.”

Based on the bible verse, 1 John 3:1, “See what kind of love the father has given us, that
 we should be called children of God, and so we are,” prepare for a unique worship experience. Underscored with the original sounds and rhythms of Africa, it blends traditional and modern dance.

Since 1994, Watoto children’s choirs have travelled all over the world sharing the plight of Africa’s orphaned and vulnerable, making an appeal to help raise these children so that they can rebuild their nation. Each of the children in the choir has suffered the loss of one or both of their parents and they have been rescued and now live in Watoto village homes.

“All the children were once orphans. Through their unique personalities, they now communicate and share the sense of belonging they found in God their father. The concert is aimed at passing on a message of recommitment to God, as He desires to be a father to all,” says James Skinner, Creative Director: Watoto Children’s Choir.

Watoto’s previous choir production, Beautiful Africa: A New Generation, is in the final few months of tour in some select cities in USA, Europe and Asia.

Choir 56 & the City of Churches

The last few weeks have seen Choir 56 visit South Australia. Here we have found beautiful rolling green hills with large crops of canola making a sea of yellow waves. The beautiful scenery mixed with the beautiful voices of the children and the responses we have received, has made this quite a memorable trip down south.

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We kicked off our tour of Adelaide by performing at the central markets which attract large groups of buyers and sellers. The choir was able to find a spot and sing a few songs for the people as they went about their daily business. This type of public performance is a great way to raise awareness amongst people who would not otherwise have heard of Watoto.

We then performed at Harvest Christian School in Kadina which was a warm town with strong winds. We also performed at a number of other South Australian schools including Pilgrim School, Nativity School and Thiele School where all the children were excited to see the choir.

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Choir 56 had radio interviews with the ABC in Port Pirie and Life FM in Adelaide which saw Jildo & Kendra confidently answering questions, being great ambassadors for the many voiceless children of Africa and giving Watoto and the choir great publicity.20120906-100916 PM.jpg

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Choir 56 again got out of their comfort zone by singing at the Adelaide train station. People were amazed and the moment the children started singing, people who were waiting for their trains stopped what they were doing and gathered to listen to the children.

For two days a team of journalists have followed the team from Mildura to Swan Hill recording and witnessing ‘a day on tour’ with the children which they are going to use to write a story about Watoto. This has been interesting and fun and we encourage you to stay tuned for this story!

Leila singing her heart out for Watoto

Leila singing her heart out for Watoto

We are now in our last month of tour and it’s been great! We are in NSW for three concerts this weekend and then back to Queensland until we leave for Uganda on October 3rd. One of our beautiful choir members Leila who is 10 years old has had a wonderful time touring with the Watoto Children’s Choir since April. Leila wants to become a fashion designer when she grows up and is looking forward to going home in three weeks so she can go back to school and see her friends again.

Thank-you Australia for your on-going support and hospitality and most of all the love you have shown us.
Love Choir 56

Watoto Boy Meets Sponsor

5 years ago, The Watoto Children’s Choir was travelling around Beaubier, SK in Canada and Donna Coker chose to sponsor Watoto Child, Michael Okello.

Donna had the rare opportunity of meeting Michael in person while he was travelling with Choir 53 in Canada.

“Meeting Michael was almost like a dream, but it really hit home. The impact of such a small commitment can truly make a difference in someone’s life. Sometimes when I tell someone I sponsor a child they say, “I wouldn’t sponsor a child because I don’t know where my money is going!” I can now respond, “I know! I saw a healthy, happy young boy with high expectations of a great future!” Says Donna. Read full story

We are grateful to all our sponsors and donors around the world who have made a difference in the lives of Watoto Children. To sponsor a child today, go to www.watoto.com/sponsorship.

To follow the choirs, go to Watoto Choirs blog and to experience the choir in your area, and meet some of the children, go to watoto.com/the-choir/see-the-choir.