A Taste of Ugandan Culture Coming To Mercer
August 25, 2006

Media and Event Contact:
Ismail Gyagenda
(678) 547-6146

Mercer University Contact:
Mark Vanderhoek
(478) 301-4037

ATLANTA — The “Ugandan Suubi Children’s Choir” from the Royal Junior School and Orphanage in Uganda will be performing from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 26, in Day Hall at Mercer University’s Atlanta campus, 3001 Mercer University Dr., just inside the northeast perimeter. The choir will be demonstrating cultural music and dance as part of a fundraising tour of the Southeastern United States.
 
The tour, which began in June, is raising funds to build a new orphanage and school. “Suubi” means “hope” in Luganda, one of the main local languages in Uganda. Visit their American tour website at www.suubi.net to know more about the group.
 
They will be hosted by the Uganda North America Association (UNAA), Atlanta Chapter, and a nonprofit organization for Ugandans residing in the U.S. and Canada.
 
“I would encourage everyone to come out and taste a touch of Uganda culture through the wonderful traditional music and dances by the Suubi Children’s Choir,” said Ismail S. Gyagenda, an associate professor at Mercer’s Tift College of Education and a member of UNAA. “It will be an exciting and fun event.”
 
The event is open to the public. Tickets for the show are $3 for children ages 12 to 17, $5 for adult students, and $10 for adults. Children 11 and younger will be admitted free. Opportunities to financially assist the school and orphanage will be available at the event.
 
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