“We really enjoyed our time today at Rhythm Cafe. It was so great to see so many young people engaged in an experience that they would not have without the existence of your program. Your description of the program in the EMC was right on, it was fun and entertaining. Even the coffee was good. We look forward to attending any future presentations.” -Rhythm Café attendees
A fabulous afternoon with the Baobab Community happened this past Saturday. Our annual fundraiser was book-ended by an all ages workshop on the front end and a dynamite adult dance class performance at the end. Members of the community, including our local MPP Yasir Naqvi joined myself and the Baobab Youth for a hands-on workshop in the music of Ghana. Crowded into the studio ,we soon had several layers of groove happening. Moving into in the larger room nearby the youth with guests Dominic Donkor and Prosper Adjetey performed several recreational pieces in our repertoire…..a highlight was the surprise ending to Angie and Rowan‘s duet in Gota!
The Monday night adult dance class has been working hard with Prosper Adjetey on a difficult piece form the northern part of Ghana called Bawa. Dancers have to know the intricate drumming beats given by Dominic Donkor, in order to respond. We were all mesmerized! The class joined Baobab Youth for a fun jam at the end.
Proceeds from this annual event go towards the general arts education programming that Baobab Tree does, as well as the youth trip to Ghana next summer. Thanks to all who volunteered and those who came out to support, especially the local businesses who contributed to our Silent Auction, and our sponsors Camino and Bridgehead Coffeehouse. We are always grateful to our manager Hayley de Bie who put all the logistics together with parent volunteers. An awesome job as always!!