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 passing game with help from volunteer Ethan. many of those students only started drumming with us a few weeks ago! Baobab Youth performed several pieces, some of which we worked on last summer in Ghana. Quinn led Kpanlogo on lead drum for the first time!
Caribbean Fit Fete founder Tarrah Mauricette had everyone on their feet for some fantastic moves. Incredible energy and enthusiasm! Definitely a good idea after the array of cupcakes available to everyone. Our other special guest for the afternoon was the World Music Orchestra for Kids, a diverse group of young singers and percussionists under the direction of Alicia Borisonik of World Folk Music Ottawa. Their performance was inspiring and showed the power of music for peace and healing.
Thanks to Baobab Youth Alum Dave for doing sound, all the volunteers and bakers, drum transporters, and especially the hardworking Baobab Board of Directors along with Hayley de Bie for their organization and set-up! A great community event, that supports our programs. Many thanks to parent Ian Holland for most of these pics!!