Red Velvet Rhythm

This past Sunday, members of Baobab Youth and the jazz choir from Arnprior’s High School got together to make some great music. The event was hosted by Baobab parents Don Monet & Becky Rynor at their CUBE Gallery in Ottawa. Surrounded by amazing art, the two groups performed a couple of sets for the packed crowd of all ages The choir is named Red Velvet and is directed by Frank Pecora and accompanied by a student rhythm section. They sounded so wonderful in that warm space and knocked us all out with their clear sound and engagement with the audience. A focal point was their version of Shakira’s Waka Waka , including some choreography I taught them from one of our Ghanaian pieces…Baobab Youth followed this number with our traditional Kpanlogo  highlighting the moves in Waka.  The two groups went on to give a South African medley of a Zulu dance song and gumboot set. During the breaks, everyone chowed down on DELICIOUS cupcakes made by our parent community (including some from Red Apron) and took part in the silent auction.  In all, a really great collaboration. We hope to do it again, maybe in Arnprior next time!

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