Author Archives: kathyarmstrong

ROOTS Open House

Last night we had the ROOTS Open House to celebrate our Fall session. As luck would have it, Nani Agbeli was in town to work with our older Youth Performers, so he stopped in to hear the ROOTS kids play … Continue reading

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Nani Agbeli Workshop!

Yesterday we welcomed guest artist Nani Agbeli to Ottawa to begin his residency with Baobab Youth and Carleton University’s West African Rhythm Ensemble. Both groups are working towards our November 23 concert “Gahu, EH!” which will take place at Kailash … Continue reading

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Taste of Wellington

The group kicked off our season with an outdoor performance and hands-on drum petting zoo as part of our neighbourhood Taste of Wellington day last Saturday. We set up in front of our temporary rehearsal space at the Hintonburg Community … Continue reading

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Rhythm Trek 2012

Just finished a fantastic week at our summer day camp. With the help of volunteers: Carleton Music student Dave Dore; Baobab Youth members Augusta Monet, Emily Klein and Ioyan Manser-Goveas, fourteen young people ranging in age from 7-13 enjoyed an … Continue reading

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Drums for Sale!

As most of you know we have been reorganizing over the last few months, which includes consolidating our drum collection, especially since we bought some new ones last summer in Ghana. We have a few drums and other instruments for … Continue reading

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Baobab Board

As anyone knows who has been on a board or worked with a non-profit entity, having a committed and vibrant Board of Directors is really important to the running of a healthy and successful organization.  We have always been proud … Continue reading

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Flight path

Well we’ve done lots and lots of unusual gigs in our 17 year history, but yesterday was our first one done outside under a flight path. It was an end of year performance for Agincourt Elementary School, and hundreds of … Continue reading

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Studio Party

Last night was the last class of the season for our adults and we had a great gathering at the studio to celebrate all the achievements of the students and to thank all of our instructors: Dominic Donkor, Prosper Adjetey, … Continue reading

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A few years ago we started the tradition of honouring the youth who are leaving the group with a special concert. “Sankofa” is a Ghanaian Adinkra symbol that teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order … Continue reading

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Race Weekend Drumming!

Last Sunday, members of Baobab Youth performed for 12,000 runners in the half marathon. We had a great time; it was really exciting and inspiring for us and runners gave us the thumbs up as they rounded the corner on … Continue reading

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