BRADENTON -- The Watoto Children's Choir, ambassadors for orphans in Africa, will perform in Bradenton and Sarasota as part of a two-month Florida tour that began Dec. 6 and ends Feb. 1.
The "Beautiful Africa: A New Generation" performances are free and open to the public.
The Watoto Children's Choir performs to raise awareness about the plight of orphaned African children. Each child in the choir lost at least one parent. They live in Watoto Children's Villages, where they receive care and nurturing necessary to grow up as productive citizens.
Vibrant, original African music; dance routines; and life-transforming stories spotlight the new generation emerging out of Watoto.
"Through the choir's Concert of Hope, we share a message of transformation by telling the story of Africa's rescued orphans and women. We hope to reach out to audiences with the message of Christ's healing power," said Gary Skinner, Watoto founder.
Watoto Children's Choir music and dance -- an energetic fusion of contemporary gospel and traditional African rhythm -- has traveled internationally since 1994 as ambassadors for the millions of children in Africa, orphaned as a result of HIV/AIDS, war and poverty.
Since its inception, 64 choirs have traveled globally, providing the children with a bigger worldview, an unusual opportunity they would otherwise never get. The choirs have been to Australia, Brazil, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, France and the United States, among others. Their audiences have included royalty, presidents, ministers, and the ordinary person, capturing many hearts wherever they go.
Performances in Manatee and Sarasota counties include:
Westside Christian Church, 3604 15th Ave. W., Bradenton, 9 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Sunday;
Sarasota Christian Church, 2923 Ashton Rd., 6 p.m. Sunday;
Sunnyside Village Retirement Community, 5201 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, 10:30 a.m., Wednesday;
Church of Hope (Concert with Brad & Rebekah), 1560 Wendell Kent Road, Sarasota, 7 p.m. Wednesday;
Sarasota Christian School, 5415 Bahia Vista St., 10 a.m. 10:45 a.m. and 11:27 a.m. Thursday.
To preview a performance: Go to watoto.com/the-choir.
Information: Amber Sakis, 813-849-0076 or email email@example.com.