Last Sunday was our final show for the season. It was a chance to go to our favorite venue and play some traditional repertoire as well as our new highlife music! We also had our Sankofa ceremony,saying goodbye to those leaving the group this year.
Our guest artist was Kwasi Dunyo, a friend and mentor to Baobab since we began, and my first teacher in Ghana, way back in 1990. Kwasi played lead on Atsiagbekor, Zigi and of course the Gahu Finale with alumnae and members of the public.
It was SO wonderful to showcase the highlife tunes we have been working on this year. A couple of E.T. Mensah songs, arranged by Rory Magill and featuring Baobab kids on drums, small percussion as well as electric guitar, bass, drum kit and with the help of a couple of friends on trumpet and sax…thanks Avery and Billy! Kwasi played some great hand drumming with us on those tunes, and I am sure they will become a regular part of our repertoire!
It was especially fun to have a bunch of almunae there…Ben, Claudia, Sara, Willow, Augusta, Ben TS, Claire and Emma. They all danced and drummed with us…not forgetting the groove at all! Emma was there to see her younger sister Leah who was dancing her last show with us…Leah along with Augusta, Diana, Victoria Anne and Ben TS received their Sankofa pendants, adinkra symbols made in Ghana, that signify the need to look back to where you have come from to inform you of your future path. A great proverb and a very popular one on Ghana. Always hard to say goodbye to such a special bunch and it always seems to be a special bunch. You and your families will be missed!
Fabulous photos below courtesy of Lyndon Goveas. Thanks!