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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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The Ride

Baobab Youth kicked off the season with a performance at The Ride, an annual fundraising cycling event to benefit research priorities the Ottawa Hospital. A gorgeous day to drum outside and a great way to meet up after the summer! … Continue reading

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Rhythm Trek Camp…fun fact!

The phrase “fun fact” was a recurring theme throughout our recent summer drum camp. Kids have a way of picking something up and through repetition and twists and turns, having it morph into some kind of inside joke . This … Continue reading

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A picture is worth…

To finish the blog entries about our recent Ghana trip, here are some favourite photos from those who travelled (to read more about the trip see earlier posts): Check back occasionally as we add more photos :)

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A busy few days…

We have recently been having blog problems, so sorry for the gap in writing. In the meantime, we have had a great three-day road trip to Accra, Cape Coast and Elmina! After a small roadside breakdown (expected on any Ghana trip), … Continue reading

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Ghana 2017 #1 Departures and Arrivals!

The group left Ottawa yesterday with all persons present, so I have been informed (thanks Ian!). That bodes well for the rest of the trip ;) We have 13 youth and 12 adults on the Footsteps 2017 journey. Here they … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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