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Maasai Warriors Return to Wincanton

Monday 7 October 2013, 15:04
By Richard D'Arcy

Maasai Warriors at Wincanton Parish Church

The Parish Church of St Peter & St Paul, Wincanton, is thrilled to be hosting the appearance, in concert, of the much acclaimed Osiligi Troupe of Maasai Warriors. This will take place on Tuesday 29th October 2013 at 7.00pm.

The purpose of the tour is to raise money for the extended families of the Troupe's performers and other members of their community, which is a small settlement some 25 miles South West of Nairobi, Kenya.

The tours have brought about a huge revival of the community's fortunes. At the time of the first tour in 2002, all the families in the area were destitute and without hope. This brought about the name "Osiligi" being Swahili for "Hope".

From total poverty, so much has grown, i.e. the building of corrugated houses, instead of huts made from cow dung, the introduction of fresh clean water in three areas, the building of a community centre/church, solar lamps to do away with the dangers of kerosene and finally and most notably the building of a new school.

The Troupe's performances are stunning and leave every audience, before whom they perform, totally enthusiastic and enchanted, having enjoyed an unforgettable experience. The singing and movement, like the Maasai's way of life, are in perfect harmony and their jumping, for which they are famous, is mind boggling! The performance is fully narrated and is suited to all ages, whether five or ninety five. It is a wonderful evening and not to be missed.

This is an opportunity to experience and enjoy the diverse culture of the Maasai. Crafts and wares will be available for purchase.

Tickets: £8 Adult, £6 Senior, £4 Children are available from the Parish Office Tel: 01963 824503 or Wincanton Town Hall.


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