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Swaziland princess visits Taipei church to boost cultural ties

2012/06/13 21:55:33

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) Visiting Princess Sikhanyiso Dlamini of the Kingdom of Swaziland met with a group of church members in in Taipei on Wednesday, as part of her efforts to promote cultural exchanges between her country and Taiwan.

Dlamini, a Christian, was warmly welcomed and treated to a lively musical performance by the members of the New Life church, which is known for incorporating pop culture into its services.

Its members, who include many musicians and entertainers, gave a mini-concert that raised the audience, including the princess, to its feet to dance.

A Taiwanese rapper known as Manchuker gave a short performance especially for Dlamini, who responded with a rap song of her own. She also sang a hymn in the Swazi language and a Chinese-language love song.

Pastor Jenny Hung said the church was "excited" to host the princess.

At the end of the meeting, Dlamini's entourage and the members of the church joined hands to form a circle and prayed for the people of Taiwan and Swaziland.

"I love you," Dlamini said in Mandarin.

Dlamini, who is on her first trip to Taiwan, was scheduled to visit universities, arts facilities and media organizations to promote cultural exchanges between the two allies. She will wrap up the five-day trip June 15.

(By Elaine Hou)
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