Thanks in part to the power of friendship and the wonders of Facebook, the entire Georgetown community will have three opportunities to experience the “Faces of Change Tour” and voices of nine Maasai singers from Africa Sept. 1-2.
Former high school friends in Kenya Emily Brandon, Georgetown College’s Director of International Programs, and Nadine Feser, one of the tour leaders, made these free events happen:
- 11am, Tuesday (Sept. 1), John L. Hill Chapel
- 7pm, Tuesday (Sept. 1), John L. Hill Chapel
- 6:30 pm, Wednesday (Sept. 2), Georgetown Baptist Church
“We were good friends from 9th grade through our senior year; (Nadine) always had this level of enthusiasm that matched my own, and we always had a great time together,” Brandon said. “When she wrote to me on Facebook and asked if I might be able to schedule a performance or two in Kentucky, I jumped at the chance! At Rift Valley Academy, friends become like brothers and sisters, so the chance to catch up with a classmate is always an exciting opportunity, especially since we are spread all over the globe!”
Brandon, whose parents were working in Burundi, Central Africa during those high school years, has seen Maasai singing and dancing – although not this particular group. “I think the thing that is intriguing about the Maasai is that they have managed to keep their cultural identity and style so distinct, while some other tribes in Kenya are less immediately “identifiable” – they have adopted technologies that help their work – cell phones, for example – but their group identity is strong,” said Brandon ‘03, a former Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown. “When you see groups sing and dance, it is obvious that they are in sync and totally connected to one another. Also, their songs convey meaning and group values.”
Through the “Faces of Change Tour” presented by Pamoja Ministries, these Maasai singers are touring the U.S. to promote the “En-kata, A Time For Singing” photobook (www.en-kata.com), published by Pamoja Ministries. Sixty percent of all the proceeds of both the En-kata photobook and the tour go directly toward the construction and operation of a school in Orbili, Tanzania, according Jacob Mills, the tour manager.
For more on Pamoja Ministries and the tour, see their press release below.
For Immediate Release
Inspired Maasai Music and Dance Offers Unique Message of Hope and Transformation in Georgetown, KY
Nine Maasai Singers Will Share Traditional Music and Riveting Testimonies to Support School Construction in Maasailand
Georgetown, KY – Music and dance are woven into the very fabric of Maasai life – now hear the songs and testimonies of nine Maasai singers first hand as they share about life and faith and their deep desire to educate the children of their tribe. Through the “Faces of Change Tour” presented by Pamoja Ministries, these Maasai singers are touring the U.S. to promote the “En-kata, A Time For Singing” photobook (www.en-kata.com), published by Pamoja Ministries. “60% of all the proceeds of both the En-kata photobook and the tour go directly toward the construction and operation of a school in Orbili, Tanzania”, says Jacob Mills, the tour manager.
“This is an incredible opportunity to get a glimpse of the life of the Maasai, hear their heart, and contribute to the construction of a school in one of the most needy places on earth”, adds Jeremy Feser, Director of Operations at Pamoja. The choir will be singing and sharing locally at Georgetown College and Georgetown Baptist Church (see times, dates above).Admission is free.
The Maasai are among the most distinctive and well-known of ethnic African cultures. For centuries they have used music and dance to communicate and share truths throughout Maasai clans. “They sing about morality, health and spirituality,” says En-kata author Nadine Feser, “with everyone around gathering to listen, sing and dance the lessons with them.” In bringing their music and dance to the U.S., these Maasai are powerfully sharing the most precious thing they have to offer: their very selves. As Miss Feser declares: “What an incredible feeling to be surrounded by people singing to the same God that I worship, in a way so different from mine.”
Many in the Maasai community have embraced the freedom of the living God and recognized challenges in their traditional ways. The “En-kata, A Time For Singing” photobook is one effort to address these challenges. Produced with Pamoja Ministries, “En-kata” offers a vivid and colourful glimpse into the unique Maasai way of life. More importantly, this project will directly result in the construction and operation of a school for Maasai children – an educational opportunity that is virtually impossible for most of them to enjoy today.
About Pamoja Ministries: Pamoja Ministries (www.pamoja.info) has been discipling cultures through media for more than 20 years. Music, video, and writing all afford opportunities for shaping Godly world views, and Pamoja is at the leading edge, distributing music, filming movies, creating animations, distributing teaching material, and teaching leaders using dvd‑based curriculum. To learn more about the “Faces of Change Tour” or the “En-kata, A Time For Singing” photobook, visit www.en-kata.com.