Dancing, singing, and drumming, the musicians of Spirit of Uganda will share their message of hope at Smothers Theatre, Malibu, Wednesday, Jan. 29, at 7:30 p.m.
Under the guidance of artistic director Peter Kasule and special guest Rachel Magoola (Afrigo Band), Spirit of Uganda aims to bring the sounds and movements of East Africa to life, celebrating the cultural roots of their lush and diverse nation. As ambassadors promoting the power and promise of Ugandan youth, these 21 artists, ages 13-21, will use their mastery of drums, complex choreography and vocals to empower their peers, and share the resilience of Africa's next generation.
Representatives of the 2.7 million orphans in Uganda, the young artists of Spirit of Uganda personify the enduring promise of African youth. Critically acclaimed, the New York Times says Spirit of Uganda is, "Invigorating the stage with that elusive thing called joy."
As a division within non-profit organization Empower African Children (EAC), Spirit of Uganda exemplifies the three pillars of EAC's mission: to provide transformative education, to create global connections, and to prepare students for a lifetime of leadership. In accordance to their mission statement, EAC provides scholarships to 50 young Ugandans. Each student attends a prominent boarding school in Kampala, Uganda where they receive a high-quality education. Each student is supported with individual counseling and programming that promotes healthy child development. Scholarship recipients also receive post-secondary education at a university or vocational school to help them meet their career goals and prepare them for a lifetime of influence.
Over the last year, four students have graduated from leading universities in the US, including Francis Lubuulwa, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications with a minor in industrial psychology from Pepperdine.
For more information and tickets, visit the Center for the Arts website.