The Spirit of Uganda, Empower African Children’s professional training and touring group, will be featured at a benefit concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at McFarlin Auditorium, on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Twenty-two vibrant performers, ages 8-18, will share the histories, legends and beliefs of East Africa combined with emerging and dynamic music and dance forms.

 Combining the melodic tones of standing drums, with dramatic choreography, bright, layered rhythms, and gorgeous call-and-response vocals, Spirit of Uganda brings to life the sounds and movements of East Africa.  Ambassadors for Uganda’s 2.4 million orphans, these children personify the resilience and promise of Africa’s next generation as they promote awareness of Uganda’s dual crises of AIDS and civil war, and raise funds to support themselves and others in their homeland.

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