We had a great show yesterday at the famous Black Sheep Inn in Wakefield, Quebec situation on the beautiful Gatineau river. A longstanding tradition at Baobab, we have played there every year since we began in 1995. We had guests Rory Magill and Dominic Donkor perform with us. Rory leading the group in the northern Ghanaian piece Takai, and Dominic taking the lead for Danse Guerriere, Kpanlogo and a very spirited Fume Fume! The group was a fabulous cohesive unit, displaying the fruits of a full season.
Our final show of the season is also the show that we say goodbye to members of the group that are moving on. Sankofa is the Ghanaian Adinkra symbol that teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. This year we said goodbye to Alistair who has been with the group since he was 6 or 7 years old. A veteran of our summer camp, Rhythm Trek, our ROOTS class, and for the last few seasons, our youth group. We wish him well! Alumnae are also encouraged to come out to this show and we had a surprise dance floor appearance by two alumnae from Baobab’s former Adult group Akpokli. They still got the moves!
A great way to end the season! Special kudos to Dave Hennessy, Board member, alum and youth coach! Dave has been a huge help this season in all aspects of Baobab’s programming. Thanks also to Baobab’s Board of Directors and our finance manager Hayley! Team Awesome is an understatement! See you at our Rhythm Trek Camp in August!