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6 March Celebrations!

Last night at the invitation of the Ottawa Ghana Association, Baobab Youth performed at the Ghana Independence Day celebrations at the Marconi Centre in honour of Ghana’s 58th birthday. It was a really festive night with film clips, speeches, photo … Continue reading

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ROOTS Winter Open House

The Winter session of ROOTS finished up with an open house this week. We played and danced Kpatsa, did the game song Tuwe Tuwe and opened with a magical rainforest soundscape. Thanks to ROOTS alumnus Kate for the photos. The … Continue reading

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December Wrap-Up!

Baobab Youth finished 2014 with a couple of gigs and parties. Last week we gave a performance for the after 4 program at Hintonburg Community Centre. Our new piece Kpatsa was definitely a highlight, as it usually is. The kids … Continue reading

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November

November is always a whirlwind month; lots of events….and our annual coffeehouse. This year for the second year in a row we contributed proceeds to the India Buxton Taylor Singing Fund There were tons of community volunteers who contributed, and Meaghan … Continue reading

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Power of the Gahu

Yesterday Baobab Youth had a busy gigging day….we started with a full performance at the Ottawa Storytellers Children’s Day for about 100 kids and parents. We then moved on to Carleton University where we met up with my group there….the … Continue reading

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Beat Retreat

Baobab Youth kicked off the season with a half day Beat Retreat last weekend followed by our first performance of the season. A four hour rehearsal with our friends drummer Dominic Donkor and dancer Prosper Adjetey who taught us a … Continue reading

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Rhythm Trek 2014

An amazing week despite the rain…full of drumming, dancing, singing, food and Ghana day-name art! The kids learned two pieces, Gahu and Kpatsa with Dominic and myself and really worked hard to pull all the elements together. We had great … Continue reading

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Black Sheep Inn & Kwasi Dunyo

Last Sunday was our final show for the season. It was a chance to go to our favorite venue and play some traditional repertoire as well as our new highlife music! We also had our Sankofa ceremony,saying goodbye to those … Continue reading

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Africa Day in the Capital

We have been busy…last night we played at a very special event that included African ambassadors and officials from the government of Canada at the St Elias Banquet Hall to commemorate Africa Day. The special guest speaker was the Right … Continue reading

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Rhythm of May

As usual, May is shaping up to be a busy month….we hosted a public open house on May 7th for National Youth Arts Week. It was a great success with 26 youth and 22 children taking part! It was so … Continue reading

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