Sound of Africa echoes in schools

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Students enjoyed a taste of Africa as two cultures came together over the love of music and dance.

The celebrated Pearl of Africa Choir visited a number of schools in Northumberland last week to highlight the charity and raise funds for invaluable work ranging from healthcare to education.

Among the schools they visited were Cragside CoE Primary School in Cramlington, where they entertained youngsters by teaching them about Africa and their music before hosting a question and answer session.

There was also a jewellery stall to raise money before an evening concert for pupils and their parents.

The choir also visited Bede Academy in Blyth where they joined young musicians in a joint performance.

Choir member Robert Tomusange said: “The visit has been lovely and we have been made to feel very welcome, which is brilliant.”

David Tallent, leader of music at Bede Academy South, said: “It is wonderful to see how quickly our students bond with the African children around their common love of music.

“Everyone had a fabulous time and hopefully we can raise as much money as possible for them to continue their invaluable work back in Uganda.”

The Ugandan choir is currently on a three-month tour, raising charitable donations to support 2,500 children in seven schools, many of who are orphans.