Warrior troupe coming to Spalding

The Osiligi Troupe ANL-150915-155820001
The Osiligi Troupe ANL-150915-155820001
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A singing and dancing troupe from a Maasai tribe in Kenya will be performing in Spalding next month.

The Osiligi Troupe of Maasai Warriors will entertain with their incredible and mesmerising music at St Mary and St Nicholas Church on Thursday, October 15.

The evening promises to be both interesting and informative, with a question and answer session with the seven-piece troupe as well as entertainment.

There will also be a chance to buy hand-made beadwork and other African wares.

The evening will start with a 45-minute performance, before a 30-minute refreshment break when visitors can buy articles made by the troupe’s families. The second half lasts 35-45 minutes depending on how many questions the audience asks.

The performance will be fully narrated and consists entirely of song, movement and the jumping for which the Maasai are famous – the latter with audience participation!

Since 2004, the group has been performing an annual tour of the UK. The shows have been received with great acclaim in schools, churches and theatres from the south coast of England to the Isle of Skye.

Since 2010, the group has worked in close association with small UK charity Osiligi Charity Project to support infrastructural improvements in their village of Oleopolos, 30 miles south of Nairobi.

The results have been spectacular. Since its inception the charity has made great improvements in the lives of the Maasai people of Oleopolos.

A primary school was opened in 2012 and a small medical centre added in 2014. Water stations have been improved and a new church/community centre established.

All money given to the charity goes to support these community projects.

The charity is separate from the tour but has earned both directly and indirectly from it.

As Osiligi Maasai Warriors leader Tajeu Minisa says: “The tour is for our families, the charity for our community.”

Troupe founder Tajeu was born one of nine children. His father died when he was 14 and his mother sold water and firewood in an effort to pay his school fees.

In the end he had to leave school and after training as a warrior for one year, he went to help his mother drive out their cows to look for pastures.

Realising that he was a good solo singer, he met with friends and saw the need of singing to educate their people on how to cope with poverty and hard times and to lead a more Christian life.

Tickets are available from the South Holland Centre in Spalding now, priced £10 adults and £5 children.