We have just finished a very fun & successful week at Rhythm Trek Camp. We had 13 kids enrolled from ages 7-13. We also had five outstanding volunteers, three from Baobab Youth Performers and two from the Carleton University Music Dept. I had a great time teaching the new version of Gota I learned this past May while in Ghana…we even got some of the dancing down! Then guest instructor Dominic Donkor worked on hand drumming with the group, introducing some new parts and songs for Kpanlogo…we especially enjoyed singing about “me young girl”. Tuesday afternoon was a change of pace and we did some fabulous art with guest Maureen Clarke. Flower pot chimes….they sounded and looked gorgeous…a great way to make use of some of my old Ghanaian beads.
As always we try for lots of outside time, both in the park and the pool. It was a pretty nice week in all weather wise.
Friday lunch was our Ghanaian food celebration, introduced and cooked by Rory Magill. Delicious…and everyone seemed to really enjoy the food!
We did a final showing of the pieces for parents and friends on Friday afternoon. Very special thanks to the Nepean Rotary Club who made it possible for us to provide four fully subsidized spots for the camp. Everyone had a blast!
And now a few words from the kids themselves:
“I liked the big wide open space”
“I liked the different pieces”
“I liked meeting all the helpers and Kathy & Dominic”
“I met new friends, I learned new things”
“Stick drumming is really fun!”
“I liked making chimes”
“On Wednesday we had lessons from the best drummer in the world!”
“I am definitely coming back!”