Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Music to save lives - Restoring hope to Ugandan orphans

In 2005 Fabian Jowers and his French wife, Elizabeth, left Madrid to set about forming the Music to Save Lives Orphanage in Kampala, Uganda. There are currently 30 children in the orphanage, ranging in age from 2 to 21 years, and most come from backgrounds where poverty, neglect and abuse are common. Through the therapeutic nature of music and dance, here they are able to rebuild their confidence and learn gradually to interact and work with others in a positive and constructive way. The orphanage’s principal choir, Uganda Natumayini, is now made up of 25 children. It performs all the traditional cultural dances of Uganda as well as incorporating dance and song from countries such as South Africa, Rwanda, Mali, Nigeria and Equatorial Guinea. The concrete results of Music to Save Lives’ work is also evident in the international success of their first musical group, Aba Taano. They have played to critical acclaim in top concert halls in Spain, Holland, Estonia and Hungary, and represented Africa at the World Expo in Zaragoza, Spain in 2008.
-- visit Music to Save Lives website
-- visit Aba Taano website

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