Children of Uganda, With Spirit and Smiles
Monday, February 2, 2004; Page C05
The Children of Uganda performance began as three young girls crossed the stage singing in haunting a cappella, "I want to tell my story." Since most of the participants in the Children of Uganda Tour of Light are AIDS orphans, it seems their story would be one of sorrow and pain. Instead, on Friday night at the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, these children told the story of their culture with dance, drums and ear-to-ear smiles. More
Storyteller Peter Kasule guided the audience through a series of traditional dances, all choreographed and directed by Frank Katoola. The children, ages 8 to 18, showed grace and burgeoning virtuosity in drumming, dancing and singing. Although girls and boys danced and sang, boys dominated the drums. Kasule noted that traditionally drummers had only been male, but in the second half, the girls showed that they, too, could beat the drums with fervor.