Uganda 08 diary - Day 16: Kampala - part 2

... From Kabojja, we moved onto Rubaga and Ugandan Martyrs Secondary School. Just next to the school is an impressive brick cathedral around which we were given a guided tour by a young, articulate seminarian.

Then it was on to our Brothers' school next door, Ugandan Martyrs, Rubaga. We had heard that together with the Kabojja primary school, these two had some of the best music and dance groups of all the Brothers' schools in Uganda. This seemed to be borne out by the marvellous shows the 2 schools put on for us. The pupils at Ugandan Martyrs began their performance with pieces sung by the school choir. This 50-strong group made a marvellously rich, warm Gospel sound, and in the shape of their 14 year-old soloist a vocalist of rare maturity and talent. She led them in a performance of "Let It Be" that had many of us in tears... and the choir didn't realise that the The Beatles were from Liverpool!!

The soloist for "Let It Be" with some of the choir.

Following the singing there was a demonstration of some wonderful traditional dance and music.

Team Win! - guests of honour. The rest of the school were sitting/standing either side of us to the right and the left (out of shot).

Then came our turn to offer a few party pieces, including (of course) Lord I Lift Your Name On High. It was great to see the group have the courage to just get up and perform like that. I think we all felt it was the least we could do by way of a thank you to the pupils for their wonderful show.

Our new Team Win! boyband = Adstar (Andy D., Simon T. + Andy R. The girls behind them were impressed!! :-)

We finished our merrymaking with a massed jam and dance which everyone thoroughly enjoyed. The Brothers then invited us for an outdoor meal as the sun set to finish off a most enjoyable day.

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