September 1, 2008

Teen Choir From Zimbabwe Set to Sing in Acton


Leaving behind its beloved but politically tumultuous Zimbabwe, a group of young singers today performs the last show of its New England tour.

Rev. Tsitsi Moyo, a Zimbabwe native and minister of South Walpole United Methodist Church, arranged the trip for the 23-member youth choir and two chaperones from Watershed College boarding school in Marondera, Zimbabwe.

"What I saw is just beyond my imagination," said Cleopas Nakoma, 15, Moyo's nephew and a member of the choir. "(The audiences) were really supportive and they really enjoyed our music."

The teens, ages 12 to 18, sing Christian and folk songs in English and the Zimbabwean language Shona, play African instruments and dance. They perform today at 10 a.m. at Faith Evangelical Free Church and 4 p.m. at St. Matthew's United Methodist, both in Acton.

"Them being here, for me, is a dream come true - an answer to my prayers," Moyo said.

The teens arrived on Aug. 15 and return Tuesday.

CAPTION: LIFT EVERY VOICE: 15-year-old Ropafadzo Chiremba, center left, sings in the soprano section of the youth choir from Zimbabwe's Watershed College at the Abundant Life Community Center, Concord, last week. STAFF PHOTO BY PATRICK WHITTEMORE

Originally published by By RENEE NADEAU.

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