The Chan Tak Tai Auditorium of Lingnan University was filled with the vibrant, soulful and joyful fusion of contemporary music and traditional African tribal rhythms and dance performed by the Watoto Children’s Choir on the evenings of 6 and 7 October.
Jointly presented by the Student Services Centre, the Office of Service-Learning and the Chaplain’s Office, the “Beautiful Africa: A New Generation” choir performance received an overwhelming response from Lingnan students and staff, as well as partners of the Office of Service-Learning including secondary and primary schools, non-governmental organisations and the Elder Academy. The two performances attracted an audience of more than 1,000. During the concert, souvenir items were sold to raise funds for Watoto’s holistic care programme in Uganda.
Accompanied by a team of adults, the choir presents Watoto’s vision and mission through their stories, music and dance. Watoto choirs act as ambassadors to raise awareness about the plight of the orphaned and vulnerable women of Africa. Since 1994, they have toured Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Australasia, Canada, UK, Germany, France, USA, South America, Hong Kong, mainland China and Japan.
In his vote of thanks at the concert on 7 October, President Leonard K Cheng emphasised that Lingnan’s community service is not confined to the needs of the local community but also of the world at large. “Looking into the future, I hope our students and colleagues would work with Watoto to develop a service-learning programme, in which our students can contribute their knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the children and women in Africa. By giving those in need a hand, I’m sure our students will also learn great lessons of life and humanity in return,” he said.