German choir in Rwanda for music festival

For a two-week visit to Rwanda, a team of 44 members of the German choir, St. Lukas Munchen, will perform at the seventh  edition of the Ndatuma Nde Gospel Festival, which kicked off in Rwamagana District on August 9.

The Munich- based gospel choir arrived in Kigali previously this week and performed rehearsals in their Gikondo camp ahead of their three-day festival, which ends tomorrow, August 11.

Rwanda’s Presbyterian Church organizes the festival. The theme of this year’s event is: “Whoever believes in me,  even if you die, survives” and brings pastors, Christians and choirs together for an opportunity to thank them for sharing the blessings of God as a whole.

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The annual performance features a range of topics, including preaching God’s word, singing and worshiping sessions, during which the German choir works alongside various local choirs, as well as artists.

“We are here to sing, worship and interact with Christians in here (Rwanda), through our music, which we mainly use to spread the word of God. We already feel at home since we arrived in Rwanda and we are excited to visit even more parts of the country during our stay,” said Bastian Pusch, the choir’s conductor and team leader.

The festival helps The Presbyterian Church to open the horizons, not only by building a good relationship with Africans, but also with Europeans, according to Emmanuel Muhozi, the coordinator of the Gospel festival.

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“That is why we have St. Lukas, with us at this edition because our church wants to extend relationships with fellow churches from different countries, including the Germans. We are excited to have this choir participating in our festival and we are looking forward to an eventful festival,” Muhozi said.

The choir will visit various appealing tourist regions during their stay, including Akagera National Park, Nyungwe National Park in Musanze.

The choir will also visit various initiatives being implemented by Presbyterian Church groups, as well as associations presently benefiting from the assistance of the choir in their daily financial operations.

The members of the choir are of German origin, but they compose most of their songs in English. Their popular songs include, among others, The King and Total Praise, Keep The Faith, I Smile, You’ll Never Walk Alone, Hallellujah.  The choir has 60 members.

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