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Children's choir from Africa sings praises in Kennewick

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They call themselves the Asante Children's Choir. They are from Rwanda and had never flown in a plane before. Never seen city lights or even owned a pair of pants until now. 

 When I met these children they immediately swarmed around me. Each taking turns giving a hug. Each of them offering to carry my camera equipment. But the most touching part of it all was hearing their voices and seeing them dance. 

When they perform, you can see they are children hoping to make a better future for themselves through song and dance.

On Friday, 24 kids from a Rwandan choir came to the Livingroom Community Church in Kennewick. They recorded a CD and are going on tour around the Northwest.

For all of them, this is the first time they've been to America. The first time they've had their very own set of clothes to wear, but most of all, it's the first time they've been able to spread their message.  

"When they're singing they sing like angels," African Mission Alliance leader William Ngabo said.

"I'm having fun with other people and the things I'm singing and talking about are the things God does for me," 12-year-old singer Audrey Igiraneza said.  

The word 'asante' means 'thank you' in Swahili. They named their choir after the phrase. And you can see them live by it as each of them smiles because they now have shoes, a new jacket and each other. They say thank you as they show extreme gratitude for every new opportunity.  

They will perform this Sunday at the Pasco High Auditorium at 6pm. 


--Hilary Whittier. If you have story ideas please email her at