Yesterday the Baobab Youth went on the road for a couple of school shows. Two vans full of drums and five vehicles of performers….our first stop was at Churchill Alternative School where Baobab collaborated with the Churchill Lunchtime Drummers, made up of kids in grades 4-6 who have been practising their drumming and dancing during lunchtimes the last few months. Lead by myself and teacher Natalie Shorkey, these kids had some great moves and rhythms. Their skills led them easily into a collaboration with the older Baobab kids for Kpanlogo. A huge amount of fun. Churchill School presented us with a generous donation towards our Footsteps trip in July.
After the first show, we moved on to Kanata. where we played at St Anne’s Catholic school to a very large audience of enthusiastic kids. One of the staff is a parent of ours and her son Rowan gave a great performance on lead drum for Danse Guerriere! The Q&A time was full of great questions and gave our gang a chance to talk about our rehearsals and other aspects of the music and dance we do together. A great opportunity for us to hone our touring and performance skills! They will be needed for our spring tour to Toronto and, of course, Ghana. Thanks to all the parent volunteers.