Connections and Culture weekend-20th celebration

concert11What a great success this past weekend was! So many wonderful people, having so much fun with Ghanaian music, dance and food! We must first thank the Baobab Board of Directors who did an outstanding job of pulling all the elements together. Evie Gray, Abby Forson, Ann Maloney, Kerry Gogush-Cule, Tanis Stoliar, Emily Klein, Nadine Powers and our chair, Erica Sher.

In attendance at the concert Saturday night was the new Ghana High Commissioner, His Excellency Dr. Sulley Gariba, the Deputy High Commissioner, Mrs. Florence Akonor, President of the Ghana Association of Ottawa, Mr. Bismark Otoo and many more members of the Ghanaian community of Ottawa who are friends to Baobab. Also wonderful to see so many alumnae and families in the audience!

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Baobab alumnus Ben Holland (ROOTS, Youth and currently Carleton WARE) gave a funny and moving account of his 15 year involvement with this music and dance and a tribute to Baobab and my patience as a teacher ;). Our guest artist for the weekend Nani Agbeli, was a perfect choice for inspiring performers, audience members and students at the public workshops with his incredible, magnetic performance and teaching skills. The Ghanaian dinner at the end of the weekend was a tribute to the richness of the culture and the connections we make stronger through our collective love of the music and dance. Akpe kakakakaka to all! Photos courtesy of Ian Holland, Kathy Armstrong & jp Simbandumwe.

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