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Matsiko, which means hope, is one of the most popular childrens' choirs in Uganda. Established in 2003, the current choir is comprised of 25 orphaned and at-risk children from bush villages, ranging in age from 6-14. Each of the children has been sponsored through the International Children's Network (ICN).

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This is Matsiko's second US tour. The performances include traditional Ugandan folk music as well as original songs by the Matsiko Choir Director, Samuel Kiberu Straxy, who has written music for Uganda's National Theatre. Along with James Kaggwa, Straxy is a co-founder of Matsiko. Both men's college educations were funded by the ICN.

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)

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