Ghana Kick-off Concert

Last night we closed the season with a fabulous performance at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts. The energy for the upcoming Ghana tour was palpable, not only from the performers but also the audience and the parent group dancing in the back of the hall! Everyone is super excited for the upcoming trip.  You can see in the pictures (courtesy of Ian Holland), the new,  blue tour t-shirts, generously donated by MapIT, (design by John Sekerka).

In addition to the drumming and dancing from Baobab Youth Performers the concert featured special guest artist and longtime Baobab collaborator and friend,  Ghanaian drummer Dominic Donkor. He led the youth in Fume Fume, Kpatsa and Danse Guerriere. We opened with a meditative performance of Bell Forest, along with accompanying slides and the reading of a poem written by a former Baobab youth member during her visit to Kakum National Rainforest park in Ghana, where our group will be visiting in a few weeks. The concert closed with some highlife music, featuring outstanding and enthusiastic music students from Carleton University.  Dennis Bass, tenor sax; Liam McMullen, bass; Jennie Seaborn, drum kit; Avery Vine, trumpet, Hans Vivian-Wenzel; guitar and Baobab’s Amanda McCarthy on alto sax!

The event spilled into the adjoining traditional Irish pub run by St. Brigid’s for some socializing before the show and at intermission. Our friends from the Osu Children’s Library Fund set up a table to sell books. We will be visiting two of their libraries when we are in Ghana, exchanging cultural performances and sharing donations of school supplies. A basket of tasty and useful African treats was put together by our Board chair Evie Gray and raffled off just after intermission by one of our ROOTS kids in the audience.

A great turn out!  Thanks to all the volunteers, especially Rory, Kevin and Ian for tech support. We will be updating this blog with news from the July Ghana trip so stay tuned!

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