Maasai warrior dancers to perform at Yate church
A CHURCH in Yate is preparing to welcome some unusual visitors at this Sunday’s service.
St Mary’s Church will host a lively performance from a Kenyan dance troupe of Maasai Warriors this Sunday, October 27 (3pm) as part of a tour of the South West.
The Osiligi Maasai Warrior Troupe is in its tenth year of touring the UK on a mission to raise money for their families and their community, which is situated 30 miles south of Nairobi.
Their funding has helped deliver fresh, clean water points in their villages and paid for the installation of solar lighting, replacing unhealthy kerosene lights in most homes.
The dancers have also raised enough money to fund the building of a new church and a new school, which now has 105 pupils.
Rev Ian Wallace, team rector in Yate, has visited Kenya and said the chance to see the troupe perform in Yate was unmissable.
"One of the highlights of my own life has been to work with the Maasai people in the Great Rift Valley south-west of Nairobi,” he said. “The Maasai people have managed to preserve their fascinating culture by telling their stories in dance.
“They are wonderful dancers and I am very excited to have this opportunity to bring the Oslilgi Maasai Warriors to Yate to show something of their culture and tell us something of their lives. I am sure it will be a memorable afternoon for all who attend."
The performance is suitable for all ages with audience participation a big part of the show. Entry is free, a retiring collection will be held.