On Monday the Pearl of Africa Choir visited Mounts Bay Academy. The choir are on a UK tour which involves visiting schools, running workshops, performing concerts and fundraising for their orphanages in Uganda.
About 200 students took part in singing, dancing, craft making and drumming workshops during lessons one and two. In the evening many Mounts Bay students also attended the concert at Penwith College Theatrre.
Pearl of Africa
On the 2nd of December the Pearl of Africa Choir came to Mounts Bay for the morning. They gave Year 7 and 8 a 20 minute performance which led on to workshops in dance, art, textiles and drumming. Over 200 students took part in the workshops.
The choir are from Uganda and they raise money for children in Uganda to help get fresh,clean water and food. They spend most of their time at their school either in lessons or rehearsing the songs in the choir.
In the evening they performed at Penwith College. They sang eight songs and performed two dances. One of the dances was called ‘The Celebration Dance’. The drums were played really loudly. The theatre was jam packed!
The concert was free and they just asked for donations. They also sold jewelry that the children had made. I bought a bracelet which is really colourful. I enjoyed it so much and if you didn’t go you missed out!
Please take a few minutes to watch this fantastic video of the choir. You can see most of the schools and lots of other students.
By Alex Woollock
Pearl of Africa
Students from Mounts Bay Academy were given the opportunity to take part in the Pearl of Africa workshops. There was the choice of dancing, singing, craft and drumming.
I chose to take part in the singing workshop, it was an amazing experience to be a part of. We all met at the Cube, and three members of the choir taught us a Ugandan song which was in Zulu. The song was about being thankful for the rivers and mountains. We started off by learning the words. It was a simple song to learn but as it was a different language we still took our time learning them. Once we had learnt the words one choir member said ‘ sing after me’, so we did so, she would sing one line and we would repeat it, the group soon picked up the song and we were told to try it by ourselves. When we had learnt it we then started on the next verse, the tune was the same however the words were different, we went back to learn the words before singing. When we put the two verses together it sounded fantastic.
We were then given the challenge of singing and dancing, at the same time. We all got up and started to learn the moves that went with the song, they were easy, but when you’re singing at the same time it’s hard not to fall into people. Once we had performed this a few times, we had time to ask them questions about their country, culture and the choir. In this time we learnt a lot: what it was like in the schools they went to, how they started the choir, their ages, what they want to do when they were older and how long it took to do their hair. I did this workshop so that I could see the ways that the choir worked, and the experience of learning a song in a foreign language. It was well worth it. During the workshop I have developed my performing skills, things like being able to sing and dance at the same time, as well as smiling while performing too.
Report by Katy Roberts