This spring, Baobab Youth Performers and Young Voices Can! has been engaged in our innovative pilot project Drum Chat!
This project has provided opportunities for connection between youth in the City of Ottawa that that may not typically interact, through a series of music workshops. Our goal has been finding commonalities through drumming & dialogue by connecting youth from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds and engaging them in the music of Ghana, West Africa.
This project has been generously funded by Ontario 150 Partnership Program, and during our second workshop, we had a special visit from our MPP and Attorney General, Yasir Naqvi who renewed his drumming skills with us…and shared a meaningful story of his first school day in Canada at age 15, as a new immigrant.
Baobab Community, and Young Voices Can! engage youth from diverse populations with the intent of fostering connection and understanding. Participants for this project have included newly arrived refugees, as well as Muslims, Jews, Christians and non-denominational youth from the local community. We feel that our organizational goals are particularly aligned during these times of global unrest, and disconnection amongst youth, and this project has been an exciting opportunity to share strategies and skills.
The culminating event will take place on Thursday May 25 from 7:30-9pm at Ashbury College 362 Mariposa Ave. Join is for a presentation of drumming and reflection on the project.