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Galen’s Gap Year at Osu Children’s Library

Galen Kiva, a recent Baobab Youth graduate, is an independent videographer, photographer, and traveler from Wakefield, Quebec. He spent two months in the Korle Gonno Community Library this past spring in Ghana, as part of his gap year after high … Continue reading

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Rhythm Trek Week!

Fantastic week at Rhythm Trek! We had 16 campers, 6 youth mentors and one of our own as assistant director. Drumming and dancing with Dominic Donkor on Nagla and myself on Atsiagbekor. These kids and youth knocked it out of … Continue reading

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Friday night drumming!

This season marked the return of our adult programming after a five year hiatus. Our new format invites adults of all ages and levels of experience to join us for monthly Friday night drumming workshops. Drop-in or book several. More … Continue reading

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Black Sheep goodbyes

      We finished the season with our annual Sankofa show at the Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield. A chance to move and groove with all our members and a few alumnae as well. So great to see past … Continue reading

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Harps and Drums

Our BEATS & EATS concert last night had a magical quality to it. The stage of the First Unitarian Congregation is backed by walls of windows overlooking the Ottawa river. As the concert progressed, the sun was setting through the … Continue reading

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Rhythm Café

Yesterday Baobab Community came together for our annual fundraiser, Rhythm Café, a fun afternoon of music and dance performances, food and drink and some fabulous Ghana inspirations at the Silent Auction table. Our ROOTS class performed Kpatsa and a stone … Continue reading

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Giving Tuesday

Did You know? Over its twenty-year history, Baobab has quietly offered subsidized spots in our programming, so that children and youth who may not have the financial means can participate in our classes, camp and performing group. Most years the … Continue reading

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Batik & ROOTS

In keeping with our tradition of rounding out our drum and dance classes with some visual arts, the Fall ROOTS class had a wonderful batik session with Eloise Holland recently. Using traditional Adinkra symbols that she made into stamps, the kids … Continue reading

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Nani Agbeli Residency

We had a great weekend working with the amazing drummer and dancer Nani Agbeli who joined us in Ottawa, travelling from his full-time position as Director of West African Arts  at the California Institute for the Arts.  He worked with a group … Continue reading

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Drumming & Health

Our ROOTS class and Baobab Youth Performers were guests at the recent All Staff meeting for the Centre for Health Promotion at the Public Health Agency of Canada. We were the finale of the day, each group performing a piece for … Continue reading

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