Our Lady of Africa Choir Mbuya (OLAC) was started in 1968 with the main aim of beautifying the Liturgy of the Mass by encouraging the congregation to engage in lively singing, Worship and Praise, in short, to help people pray better. Since then, through God’s grace and the intercession of our Mother Mary, to whom the choir is specifically dedicated, the Choir has managed to evangelize to the people of God through Music, dance and drama.
Our Lady of Africa Choir sings a variety of hymns and songs in several of our local Ugandan dialects notably, Luganda, Ateso, Lugbara, Luo, Runyakitara, Akaramojong, Lusoga, Lugisu and Samia. We also use international languages such as English, Latin, Italian, French, Spanish, Polish, Kiswahili and other local foreign dialects in Africa (Igbo- Nigeria, mozambique, South African dialects and our neighbouring countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo, (Lingala) Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda (Kinyarwanda).
The Choir sings at Weddings, Thanksgiving ceremonies, Baptism, Requiem Masses in both Catholic and Anglican Churches. It presents Annual Christmas Carols every second Sunday of December and Easter carol services on Palm Sunday at Our Lady of Africa Kindergarten, Mbuya Parish. The choir has also regularly performed alongside other Choirs on invitation within Kampala and other parts of Uganda as well as outside Uganda such as in the Prestigious Interdiocese Catholic Church Choirs' Music Festival for the SADEC Countries (South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland) where the choir was invited as a Guest Choir from East Africa. The Choir has also performed in Coutries such as Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.
The Choir practices at the Church premises every Sunday from 11.00am to 1.30pm after the 9.00am Mass, Saturdays from 3:00pm to 5:00pm and during the weekdays on Thursday from 6.00 to 7.00pm.
The Choir welcomes everyone interest in Music, dance and drama, those interested can join the choir on sundays after 9:00am Mass during rehersals for assistance or can contact the Chairperson, Mr. Robert Ateng Obace (0772-889542); the Music Director, Mr. Peter Paul Bruno Odwori (0704-923167) and the Public Relations, Ms. Barbara Namatovu (0772-650042)
Members of the Choir Executive:
- Chairman: Mr. Robert Ateng Obace
- Vice Chairperson: Mr. Joseph Lutwa
- General Secretary: Mr. John Nuwagaba
- Deputy Secretary: Ms. Joan Banura
- Treasurer: Ms. Annette Twagalana
- Public Relations: Ms. Barbara Namatovu
- Asst. Public Relations: Ms. Paula Epilar Auma
- Choir Music Director Mr. Peter Paul Bruno Odwori
- Liturgical Secretary: Sr. Simon Peter Abbooki
- Liturgical Secretary: Mr. Wycliffe Swinnerstone
- Welfare Officer: Mr. Anthony Wamala
- Librarian: Miss Nancy Angeeo
- Deputy Librarian: Miss. Phiona Walimuchan